Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (Image Source: Escambray)
Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died on Friday at the age of 90.
Castro led his country from 1958 until 2008, making him one of the world’s longest serving national heads of state of the last 150 years. He was forced to step down from power in 2006 after health issues, ceding his presidential duties to his bother Raúl Castro as Cuba’s head of state until at least 2018.
Castro tormented 11 American presidents and presided over the last remaining communist government in the Western Hemisphere.
Raúl Castro issued the following statement to Cuban state TV early this morning:
“With profound pain I appear to inform our people and the friends of the Americas and of the world, that today, November 25, at 10:29 pm, the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz died. In compliance with the expressed will of the Companion Fidel, his remains will be cremated. In the early hours of Saturday the 26th, the funeral organizing committee will provide our people with detailed information on the organization of the posthumous tribute that will be done for the founder of the Cuban Revolution. Ever onward to victory!”
In the Spring of 2016, President Obama made the first official state visit to the island by a US President in over 60 years, did not meet face-to-face with Fidel Castro, instead meeting his brother Raul.
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