Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Fidel Castro Steps Down
An ailing Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba's president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he won't accept a new term when the new Parliament meets Sunday.The announcement effectively ends the rule of the 81-year-old Mr. Castro after almost 50 years, positioning his 76-year-old brother, Raul, for permanent succession to the presidency. Fidel Castro temporarily ceded his powers to his brother on July 31, 2006, when he announced that he had undergone intestinal surgery. Since then, the elder Mr. Castro hasn't been seen in public, appearing only sporadically in official photographs and videotapes and publishing dense essays about mostly international themes as his younger brother has consolidated his rule.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent"