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Fidel Castro gives brother key vote of confidence

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on April 19, 2011

by Paul Haven for Associated Press, April 17th, 2011.

Fidel Castro apologized on Sunday for not making it to a military parade celebrating the 50th anniversary of his victory over CIA-backed exiles at the Bay of Pigs, then praised brother Raul’s speech proposing major economic changes and term limits for Cuba’s leaders.

The 84-year-old revolutionary icon said in an opinion piece that the speech opening the Sixth Party Congress after Saturday’s parade made him proud, a key vote of confidence in the direction his brother is taking the country.

“It has been worth the trouble to have lived to see today’s events, and it is worth the trouble to always remember those who died to make them possible,” Fidel wrote, adding that he felt “the same feelings of pride” when he heard Raul’s address and saw the faces of the 1,000 Communist Party delegates who attended the speech. (continue reading… )

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