Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Breaking: Fidel Castro Steps Down/ Resigns from Head of Communist Party

BREAKING:  Fidel Castro has resigned from the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party.  We will provide more information as it emerges.
Update- More from Bloomberg News:
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro said he had resigned from the Communist Party’s leadership and called on a new generation of leaders to change the island’s economy as officials gathered to debate ways to revive growth.

“Raul knew that at this time I wouldn’t accept any role in the party,” Castro wrote in a column published on Cuba Debate, a state-run website.

Castro began transferring control to his brother Raul in July 2006, when he underwent intestinal surgery, and officially stepped down as president in 2008.

In an earlier column posted on the same website, Castro said new leaders are well-prepared intellectually for a task that would be more difficult than the challenges faced by his generation when they took power in 1959. Castro said he wrote the comments after listening to debates during a Communist Party summit that started April 16.

“There is no margin for error in this moment in human history,” Castro, 84, said in the first column. “The new generation is being called upon to rectify and change without hesitation everything that should be rectified and changed.”
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