Fidel’s Confession

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Mar. 23, 2011: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has confessed he quit as head of Cuba’s Communist Party years ago after falling ill.

Castro, in his column published in the state-run media on Tuesday, said gave up all of his official positions five years ago when he underwent emergency intestinal surgery in 2006.

“I resigned without hesitation all my state and political positions, even that of First Secretary of the Party, when I got sick and I never tried to exercise them after the proclamation of July 31, 2006,” stated Fidel.

Castro, 84, retreated from public life and ceded most of his duties to his brother, Raul Castro following the surgery. He officially handed the country’s presidency to Raul in February 2008 after leading the Caribbean nation since the 1959 revolution.

The Castro confession comes as Communist Party is due to hold its first congress since 1997 next month. A new central committee for Cuba”s only legal political party is also expected to be elected.

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