Cuban leader Fidel Castro is “very alive and very alert” following gastro-intestinal surgery, according to the country’s parliamentary speaker. Ricardo Alacron says he met the president earlier this week. Castro temporarily relinquished power to his brother Raul on Monday while he recovered from the surgery. Neither man has been seen in public since then.
As Cuba waits for more information about Castro’s condition, his sister Juanita, who has lived in exile in Miami for 22 years, claimed to have an update: “The latest information I have is that he has left intensive care. That is all I can say but information is limited.”
She left the Caribbean island in 1964, citing differences of opinion with Castro’s regime but has condemned celebrations in Florida over his illness. The Havana carnival, which was due to start on Friday, has been postponed. This is the first time since coming to power in 1959 that Castro has delegated any of his duties as head of the Communist state.