HAVANA – He may walk hunched over, assisted by a cane and bodyguards, and look like a very old man with his all gray hair and beard, but those opposing Fidel Castro shouldn’t make any illusions: he is still hanging on.
The last time Cuba’s former leader was seen in public was almost a year ago in February 2013, when he attended a national committee. When Nelson Mandela passed last month, many believed the ‘Great Revolutionary’ would be next.
But on Thursday he appeared in Havana for the inauguration of a brand new art museum by Alexis Leyva, Cuba’s own who became famous under the artistic name ‘Kcho’.
Castro has been struggling with his health and in 2006 he turned over Cuba’s government to his brother Raul who two years ago won the election making him officially the undisputed leader of Cuba.
Ignacio Ramonet, a Spanish journalist reported in December 2013 after having a two hours long meeting with Fidel Castro that he found the former leader in good health.
“I found him in excellent health and with a great sense of humor,” Ramonet reported. “He’s interested in everything: the environment, climate changes, Chili, Venezuela, Latin America, everything!”
In the 1960s the United States broke all diplomatic ties with Cuba and imposed an economic embargo against Havana.
During the funeral of Nelson Mandela which was attended by US President Barack Obama and Cuba’s leader Raul Castro, Obama shook the hand of Castro.
Since then, Raul Castro stated he is ready to start a dialog with his ‘great enemy’.
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