Havana: Iconic Communist leader and former Cuban President, Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90, late on Friday in Havana. Fidel’s brother President Raul Castro announced this on national television.
“The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening,” said Raul.
After playing a central role in the Cuban Revolution in the year 1950, he was among the world’s longest-serving political leaders after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand. Castro ruled Cuba for 49 years.
“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past,” he had once famously said.
He was the Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and then served as President from 1976 to 2008. He handed over the powers to his brother Raul Castro in 2008.
Over the years rumours had surfaced over his frail health, although he appeared recently through a letter to the Cuban people after the Communist nation and the United States began to thaw relations, warning his people about the dangers of American policies and power.
He was demonized by the United States and its allies but admired by many leftists around the world, especially socialist revolutionaries in Latin America and Africa.