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Postby weruche » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:04 pm

Fidel Castro Resigns as Cuba’s President

By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
MEXICO CITY — Fidel Castro stepped down Tuesday morning as the president of Cuba after a long illness, according to Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party. His resignation ends one of the longest tenures as one of the most all-powerful communist heads of state in the world.

In late July 2006, Mr. Castro, who is 81, handed over power temporarily to his brother, Raúl Castro, 76, and a few younger cabinet ministers, after an acute infection in his colon forced him to undergo emergency surgery. Despite numerous surgical procedures since then, he has never fully recovered, but he has remained active in running government affairs from behind the scenes.

Now, just days before the national assembly is to meet to select a new head of state, Fidel Castro resigned permanently in a letter to the nation, and signaled his willingness to let a younger generation assume power. He said his failing health made it impossible to return as president.

“I will not aspire to, neither will I accept — I repeat I will not aspire to, neither will I accept — the position of President of the Council of State and Commander in chief,” he wrote.

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Postby Prince » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:32 pm

Wise move. I’m hard pressed to find any life head of state that did not die in office. Other than the fact that his government is of the communist persuasion, it still beats me why western governments regard him as a villain. The way I see it, the measure of leadership is weighed by benevolence accorded the led. I have no care about what the government is called. There’s nothing happening in Cuba, in the wise of operation, etc., that is not dwarfed by what goes on elsewhere we even regard as friends and allies.

He held Cuba up in the face of hostilities for decades. If the next generation squanders his life’s work, they have themselves to blame. Castro has played his part, and gallantly I might add. The man commands my respect.
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