Cuba’s Fidel Castro dies at 90
The historic former Cuban president and leader of the Communist revolution, Fidel Castro, have died aged 90, his brother has said. Castro died last night.
“The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said.
Ashen and grave, President Castro told the nation in an unexpected late night broadcast on state television that Fidel Castro had died and would be cremated later on Saturday. That will be followed by several days of national mourning on the island.
Meanwhile, many world leaders have already sent their condolence messages to Cuba.
Uganda’s first son, Maj. Gen Muhoozi Keinerugaba has tweeted saying; “No foreigner ever did more for the liberation of Africa than Fidel Castro! Rest in Peace Commandant.”
Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost 50 years before Raul took over in 2008.
More about Fidel Castro
He was born in 1926 in the south-eastern Oriente Province of Cuba.
In 1953, he was imprisoned after leading an unsuccessful rising against Batista’s regime, and was released in 1955 under an amnesty deal.
In 1956, Castro together with Che Guevara, began a guerrilla war against the government.
They defeated Batista in 1959 and Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba.
In 1976, Castro was elected president by Cuba’s National Assembly.
In 2008, Castro stepped down as president of Cuba due to health issues letting his brother Raul Castro to take over up to date.