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Castro ailing, relinquishes power

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 10:33 PM

AP is reporting that Cuban president Fidel Castro has empowered his brother Raul to run the country in the aftermath of surgery that has led to internal bleeding.

''The operation obligates me to undertake several weeks of rest,'' the letter read, adding that extreme stress ''had provoked in me a sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obligated me to undergo a complicated surgical procedure.''

Castro said he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his younger brother and successor Raul, the defense minister, but said the move was of ''a provisional character.'' There was no immediate appearance or statement by Raul Castro.

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