Castro too ill for anniversary bash

The Cuban leader is set to miss the celebrations in Havana marking his 80 years.

    Cubans rehearsed in Havana for the parade to celebrate Fidel Castro's 80 years

    Castro has not appeared in public since his surgery.

     

    Questions about whether he would be well enough to appear this week have dominated the run-up to the celebrations. Some guests said they feel more like a farewell than a birthday party. Castro's birthday was on August 14, but celebrations were delayed due to his ill health.
     

    Most analysts agree that a successor government led by his brother and designated heir, Raul Castro, is in place.

     

    Government sources say Raul, the world's longest-serving defence minister, and acting president, has been holding dozens of meetings, strengthening the ruling Communist party and coming to grips with Cuba's economic problems.

       

    An Asian diplomat in Havana said: "It makes little difference if Fidel shows up or not. The succession has begun.

       

    "Many people got it wrong. They thought Cuba would fall apart. But Cubans are not pushing for political change. They want more cheese and ham."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

    Who are the Israeli agents posing as Palestinians?

    Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    100 years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.