Speculation continues to mount over the health of Fidel Castro after he temporarily handed power over to his brother for the first time since becoming President. The 79-year-old says that it is too early to judge his recovery from surgery to halt stomach bleeding.
In a statement read out on Cuban state television, Castro said the situation will remain stable for many days before a verdict can be given. The news sparked raucous celebrations among Cuban-Americans in Miami hoping for an end to Cuban communism.
However on the streets of Havana it is business as usual. “The revolution must go on with or without Fidel. He is the leader but here there are many others like his brother, Raul,” said one Havana resident. A view reflected among seven out of ten Cubans it seems who have never known any other political system but Castro. Although concerned about Castro’s health, many are said to believe a well-planned succession under the ruling Communist Party is already well under way.