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Cuba marks the anniversary of Fidel Castro's death

Cuba has been paying tribute to its revolutionary father, Fidel Castro, on the first anniversary of his death.

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Cuba marks the anniversary of Fidel Castro's death

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Cuba has been commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro with vigils, concerts and celebrations to mark the life of a man seen as the nation's revolutionary father.

The events coincide with the first round of municipal elections in the country which mark a significant turning point in Cuban history.

But Fidel is still revered by Cubans of all generations.  At an event in Havana, university student Leydis Cruz said:  "I believe this is a reliable sample of how young Cubans follow Fidel's ideas and will keep them alive, alive for many years to come."

And Havana resident, Vilma Pardo said: "The message is simple, he (Fidel) is in our hearts, our souls and our thoughts."

Since Fidel's death was announced last year by his brother and president since 2008, Raul Castro, the country has begun to see changes.

This weekend's polls will begin a democratic process that will end in February with the election of a new president. It will be one of the most significant events since the revolution in 1959.

Raul Castro, who's 86, said he would step down at the end of his two consecutive terms.

Whoever takes over from Raul Castro, the legacy of Fidel will live on.