Castro resigns as President of Cuba. 18 replies

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Flodgy

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#1 10 years ago

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military on Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma.

Castro, 81, temporarily handed power to his younger brother Raul Castro in July 2006 after undergoing intestinal surgery. He hasn't been seen in public since his surgery, but he has appeared in numerous videos and photos in state media.

The announcement of Castro's resignation appeared just before 3 a.m. on the Web site of the state-run newspaper. The news is likely to send shock waves across the island and through the tens of thousands of Cuban exiles who have sought refugee in the United States.

In December 2007, a Cuban television news anchor read a letter reportedly written by Fidel Castro promising he would not "cling to office" or be an impediment to rising young leaders.

Castro took power in Cuba in 1959 and has ruled the island nation ever since, governing the first communist nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Fidel Castro captured the world's attention and imagination at 32 when the bearded revolutionary led a band of guerillas that overthrew a corrupt dictatorship -- and then became an irritating thorn in Washington's paw by embracing communism and cozying up to the Soviet Union.

For the next 47 years, Castro reigned in Havana with an iron hand, outlasting nine American presidents and defying a punishing U.S. economic embargo designed to dislodge him.

Raul Castro is generally seen as more pragmatic and less inclined to deliver the kind of long-winded speeches for which his brother is famous. Ordinary Cubans have wondered whether a permanent change in power in Cuba will lead to lower food prices, higher salaries and more freedom to travel.

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So anyone think this will have a bit of an impact on relations with the US and so on? He's certainly had a long run and been a "thorn in America's side", could be interesting.

I expect another corrupt Government will take power soon.




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#2 10 years ago

Beat me to it by 15 minutes :(.

I think Raul will attempt a China-style transformation, and I think it will largely work. Don't expect anything drastic for now.




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#3 10 years ago

Oh I didn't, but I rather always admired the man.

While I can't see any short term effects, I feel we'll hear a lot more in the future.




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#4 10 years ago

I don't think anything will change.




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#5 10 years ago
Saquist;4224738I don't think anything will change.

I dunno, the news stories already up on this say that Raul Castro is a much more level-headed man, and that he wants positive change for Cuba.

It will be interesting to see how the US Govt responds to this though, perhaps given enough time, we might even restore diplomatic relations with them (yeah I know I'm being way too hopeful, but who knows?)




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#6 10 years ago

Hmmn, perhaps. I heard that Raul was worse than Fidel... but that's exactly that, what I've heard.




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#7 10 years ago

Now would be a good time to buy some good seaside property outside havana id imagine. Warming relations between our two countries are gonna cause American tourism to sky rocket. it'll be like the good ole days




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#8 10 years ago

Haven't followed the news in a while, so this comes as a bit of a shock. The only thing I'm wondering about is if it will get worse or better with Raúl as president. As I've heard, Cuba is one of the worlds mildest dictatorships, if not the mildest... and that's pretty mild.




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#9 10 years ago

Flodgy;4224690Source

So anyone think this will have a bit of an impact on relations with the US and so on? He's certainly had a long run and been a "thorn in America's side", could be interesting.

I expect another corrupt Government will take power soon.

I doubt relations will improve - IIRC the US law prevents the embargo being lifted as long as either Fidel or Raul is in power.




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#10 10 years ago
Saquist;4224738I don't think anything will change.

Same, being Cuban American, I dont think one thing is going to change. His brother going to power means nothing. Cuba is still going to have a horrible goverment and Fidel's family is going to rule for a very long time sadly. My mother had been waiting for Fidel to leave power by any means neccessary just about all her life and she wasn't moved by this news at all. We all expected him to be killed or overpowered much sooner than this....He's beaten us.




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