Cuba has taken steps towards freeing 52 political prisoners with the Island’s Catholic church saying five would be released into exile imminently.
The planned liberation prompted dissident Guillermo Farinas to end his near 5 month hunger strike.
Doctors say his condition remains serious, although he appeared in good spirits in his hospital bed.
Farinas has threatened to restart his protest if Cuban’s hardline leadership fails to fulfil its pledge.
The deal with the Catholic church should see the freedom of 52 remaining prisoners out of 75 jailed in a crackdown on dissent in 2003.
It’s hoped the agreement may lead to better relations with the West with both Washington and Spain’s Foreign minister, who helped broker the deal, praising Havana’s decision.