Fidel Castro, former Cuban leader, dies at 90

Fidel Castro served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 26, 2016 12:24 pm
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Cuba’s former Prime Minister and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90, state television reported on Saturday. He was the Prime Minister of the country from 1959 to 1976 and then served as President from 1976 to 2008. Cuban President Raul Castro announced the death of his brother on state television.

“The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this (Friday) evening,” the president announced on national television.

Head of government and state is president of the Council of State and president of Council of Ministers, positions Fidel Castro held until he resigned in February 2008. Castro’s younger brother Raul elected by National Assembly to replace him on February 24, 2008.

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He was responsible for converting Cuba into a one-party socialist state under Communist Party rule.

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    Annamalai
    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:47 am
    Time for Modi to pack his suitcase.
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    Long awaited
    Nov 26, 2016 at 6:03 am
    I hope he died screaming! he shuda died years ago
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    Gora Chatterjee
    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:55 am
    "History will absolve me"- said the Great leader before entering Batista's Jail. He was a legend in his life time. His colleague, Ernesto Che Guevara said, " We are both Communists and this has established a mutual respect as well as ensuring a binding friendship.".I humbly pay my respect to Fidel Castro.
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    Gora Chatterjee
    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:58 am
    I deeply and most respectfully remember the role pla by Dr.Fidel Castro during the Great Cuban Crisis of 1962.
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    harsh
    Nov 26, 2016 at 6:02 am
    Good riddance. Devil has company
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    J Haas
    Nov 26, 2016 at 6:24 am
    Resist Socialist Oppression!
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    Kudallur Venkat Raman
    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm
    It is saddening that the longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the bearded, cigar-smoking Communist revolutionary who exasperated the United States, enthused both loyalty and loathing from his countrymen and maintained an iron grip on Cuban politics for almost 50 years breathed his last at the age of 90.lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. Castro, the only leader most Cubans ever knew, outlasted 11 US presidents since he first took power in 1959. RIP Fidel Castro. KVRaman
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    Kartha MN
    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:44 am
    One era which fought the American might comes to an end
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