Cigar Reviews info on 19 Jan 2009 06:40 pm
Rumors that the founder of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro is dead or that he is in dire health conditions have been dismissed.
Rumors began surrounding the former Cuban leader last week after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that the aged leader was unlikely to be seen in public again.
Uncertainty about Fidel’s health further grew following the fiftieth anniversary of Cuban revolution which saw only a terse one-line message to the Cuban people from Castro.
Chavez, however, dismissed the rumors during his weekly address on Saturday, saying that the ex-Cuban leader is alive and active.
The Venezuelan president told supporters that Castro had written to him “just a little while ago.” “Sure, there are once again some rumors that Fidel died,” Chavez said, but he described Castro’s state with a slang term that translates roughly as “alive and kicking,” the Associated Press reported.
Fidel Castro has so far outlived ten US presidents — who never neglected imposing harsh economic embargos on the Island.
The 82-year-old Castro has not appeared in public since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006. He ceded power to his younger brother, Raul, shortly after.
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