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Castro hands over power for first time

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Castro hands over power for first time


For the first time in nearly fifty years as president of Cuba, Fidel Castro has been forced to hand over power, albeit temporarily. In a statement read out on television, it was announced that the 79-year-old president needed surgery on his intestines. His condition has been attributed to extreme stress after he overexerted himself on a trip this month. The operation will force Castro to rest for several weeks. In the interim, he has delegated his posts to Raul Castro, his 75-year-old younger brother and designated successor. Castro’s health has been an issue since he fainted during a speech in 2001. Three years ago he stumbled during another speech, fracturing a knee and an arm.

While Cubans have apparently accepted the handover, celebrations have immediately erupted in Miami, a hotbed of opposition to the Communist government.

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