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

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.