JUAN O. TAMAYO
Aug 8, 2010
Cuba’s Fidel Castro took part in his first government function since he nearly died in 2006, repeating his apocalyptic warnings of a nuclear war that only President Barack Obama can avert as he spoke Saturday to a formal session of parliament.
Castro, who will turn 84 on Friday, appeared lucid and healthy during his 90-minute appearance before the National Assembly of People’s Power, though an aide helped him walk around the stage.
It was the first time he participated in an official government act in four years and the latest in a string of recent public appearances that have fueled reports he wants to return to his leadership position.
Castro largely avoided the limelight after emergency intestinal surgery left him at death’s door in 2006. His younger brother RaÃºl formally succeeded him as Cuba’s leader in 2008.
This article was posted: Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 3:48 am