Castro ‘does not have cancer’
A Spanish doctor who examined the Cuban leader in Havana says Castro may govern again.
Garcia Sabrido, who flew to Cuba last week to examine the 80-year-old leader, said he did not need further surgery but required physical therapy, a strict diet and rest.
“He does not have cancer, he has a problem with his digestive system,” he said.
“President Castro has no malign inflammation, it’s a benign process in which he has had a series of complications.”
John Negroponte, the US director of national intelligence, told The Washington Post on December 15 that “everything we see indicates it will not be much longer … months, not years”.
In Havana, Cuban officials declined to comment on the doctor’s statements, saying Castro’s condition was a state secret.
But his prognosis was in line with what they have been saying for months.
Raul Castro, the 75-year-old defence minister took over the government temporarily on July 31 when emergency surgery forced his brother to relinquish power for the first time since Cuba’s 1959 revolution.