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Cuban President Fidel Castro Dies at Age 90


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News broke over the weekend that one of the century’s most iconic and controversial political figures Fidel Castro passed away late Friday evening. The man who had led his country for nearly fifty years and had nearly six hundred assassination attempts was announced dead by his younger brother Raul on Cuban television. Castro had been poor in health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006, two years prior to when he relinquished power to Raul.

Castro ruled as Prime Minister of Cuba for forty-seven years and ruled as President from 1976 until 2008. Castro was a leading figure of the 20th century and an icon of the Cold War. He stuck to his beliefs after the collapse of the Soviet Union and was a widely-respected figure in places that struggled against colonial rule.

Castro’s last official appearance was back in April when he asked members of the Communist Party to keep his ideas in existence for many years after he died.

In 1959, age thirty-two Fidel Castro quickly took control over Cuba and began to transform the country into an equal and fairer society. Hundreds of thousands began to flee the country because of Castro’s harsh, communistic rule. The start of Castro’s rule sparked a feud between the United States and the communistic nation.

Castro’s demise leaves many wondering what kind of changes could be in store for Cuba in the future and could lately improved relations between Cuba and the U.S. continue.

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