Castro Transfers Power to Brother Raul

July 31, 2006

Breaking News
Due to illness, Fidel Castro relinguishes his power to his brother:

HAVANA — Fidel Castro announced Monday night in a letter read by his secretary live on state television that due to illness he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his brother and successor Raul, the defense minister.

What is known about Raul ?:

Unlike Fidel, Raúl has been a vocal communist since the beginning, and it is widely believed that he and Che were instrumental in pulling Fidel into the communist camp.

It was shortly after his trip to Moscow that the Soviet Union began to install nuclear missiles in Cuba, leading to what we now remember as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

During the war in the Sierra Maestra (1957-1958), Raúl was made comandante by his older brother and successfully opened a second, eastern front in the Sierra de Cristal Mountains in northern Oriente. It was at this time that his words and deeds gained him a reputation that even surpassed that of his older brother¹s for being “impetuous and violently anti-American” and for possessing a “killer instinct.”

Sounds like a DailyKos diarist to me!!

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