Back on his feet but not back at work. Cuban television has broadcast photographs of Fidel Castro during his convalescence. However, it is still unclear whether the 80-year-old leader is well enough to appear at a summit of developing nations hosted by Havana. It would be his first public appearance since having emergency stomach surgery in July.
As delegates debated denouncing the United States over what some regard as its role as global policeman and Israel for its bombing of Lebanon, talk behind the scenes was about Castro and more specifically whether he would open the Presidential session of the summit tomorrow morning.
The iconic revolutionary was forced to hand over the running of the country to his brother at the end of July, after an operation for an unspecified illness. Heads of State including Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad are due at the summit. Some countries are using it to gauge which direction the communist country is going in.