Castro avoids issue

HAVANA - Cuban leader Fidel Castro has avoided any mention of handing over power to his brother in his latest newspaper column, instead lauding his country's ability to endure a decades-long US embargo.

HAVANA - Cuban leader Fidel Castro has avoided any mention of handing over power to his brother in his latest newspaper column, instead lauding his country's ability to endure a decades-long US embargo.

Yesterday was the first anniversary of Castro officially ceding power to his brother Raul, the defence minister, which was presented at the time as a temporary move.

"The most important success of the revolution is the capacity to put up with a blockade for nearly half a century and hardships of all kinds," Castro wrote in an article. - Sapa-AFP.

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