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Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is dead

Published:Saturday | November 26, 2016 | 12:52 AM
Castro ... died at age 90

Cuban state television has announced that former president Fidel Castro, has died at age 90.

Castro has been ailing for more than a decade.

In April, he delivered a valedictory to the Communist Party that he put in power a half-century ago, telling members he is nearing the end of his life and exhorting them to help his ideas survive.

"Soon I'll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervour and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need, and we need to fight without a truce to obtain them," he said.

IN PHOTO: In this September 6, 2005 photograph, Cuban President Fidel Castro (right) makes a comment to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (left), much to the amusement of Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. 

Castro was the leader of the single-party state for almost half a century.

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But in 2008, he handed over powers to his brother Raul signalling that his health was fading.

IN PHOTO: Fidel Castor and his brother Raul

His supporters praised him as a man who had given Cuba back to the people.

But his opponents accused him of brutally suppressing opposition.