Castro quit as Party leader 5 years ago


Fidel Castro has announced that he resigned from all official positions, including head of the Communist Party, when he became ill five years ago. Although “everyone, affectionately, continued to refer to me by the same titles” he now says that his involvement in state and party affairs ended when he delegated his duties to his brother, Raul.

There has long been speculation that Castro would step down, but the announcement that he did so five years ago comes as a surprise to commentators. The statement comes a few weeks ahead of an important Party Congress, which was expected to choose a new party leader, predicted to be his brother. The Congress will also be called upon to endorse key economic changes which Raul Castro has introduced since taking over.

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