Fidel Castro Resigns Cuban Residency After Nearly 50 Years In Power

HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro is stepping down as Cuba's president
after nearly 50 years in power.

In a letter appearing in official state media, Castro says he
won't accept a new term when the new parliament meets on Sunday.

The 81-year-old also writes that his wishes have always been to
serve until his "last breath," but that it would be -- in his
words -- "a betrayal to my conscience to accept a responsibility
requiring more mobility and dedication than I am physically able to
offer."

Castro temporarily handed over power to his 76-year-old brother,
Raul, in July of 2006 when he announced that he underwent
intestinal surgery. Since then, he's been seen only in photos and
videotape.

Fidel Castro rose to power in 1959 and reshaped Cuba into a
communist state. Except for monarchs, Castro is the world's longest
ruling head of state.


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  • by david Location: somerset on Feb 19, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    can anyone tell me what Fidel Castro did that was so wrong? besides standing up in what he belived in and standing up to jfk, read your history books you might be surprised of who was in the wrong
  • by Wayne Location: Lexington on Feb 19, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    Maybe now we can buy great Cigars! Woo Hoo I can HOPE!
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 19, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    Can't wait until he resigns from life. Then we can have matching Che and Fidel T-shirts, heros of the working class revolutionary.

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