FIDEL CASTRO IS DEAD
By Dennis Milimo
Fidel Castro, who led the country of Cuba for nearly half a century and was the world’s third longest-serving head of state, has died at the age of 90.
With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that the Communist revolutionary died on Friday night.
” November 25, at 10.29pm, the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz passed away,’ Raul Castro said in an address during the 11 o’clock news on Cuban TV.
‘In compliance with the expressed will of Companion Fidel, his remains will be cremated.’
Castro’s death comes just months after the Communist revolutionary predicted that his time on earth was nearly up.
He made his last official appearance before the country’s Communist Party in April, asking party members to help keep his ideas alive long
FACTS ABOUT FIDEL CASTRO
Born Fulgencio Batista Zaldívar but known to many as Fidel Castro was the elected President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, and dictator from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown during the Cuban Revolution. Fulgencio Batista initially rose to power as part of the 1933 Revolt of the Sergeants that overthrew the authoritarian rule of Gerardo Machado.
Batista then appointed himself chief of the armed forces, with the rank of colonel, and effectively controlled the five-member Presidency. He maintained this control through a string of puppet presidents until 1940, when he was himself elected President of Cuba on a populist platform. He then instated the 1940 Constitution of Cuba, considered progressive for its time and served until 1944. After finishing his term he lived in the United States, returning to Cuba to run for president in 1952. Facing certain electoral defeat, he led a military coup that preempted the election.