Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies at 90

RSTV Bureau
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died in Havana, his brother President Raul Castro announced on national television.

“The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this (Friday) evening,” the president announced on national television. Fidel Castro was 90.

In April, Fidel Castro gave a rare speech on the final day of the country’s Communist Party congress.

He acknowledged his advanced age but said Cuban communist concepts were still valid and the Cuban people “will be victorious”.

“I’ll soon be 90,” the former president said, adding that this was “something I’d never imagined”.

“Soon I’ll be like all the others, “to all our turn must come,” Fidel Castro said.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the Cuban leader.

“Heartfelt condolences on sad demise of Cuba’s revolutionary leader, former President and friend of India, Fidel Castro,” the President said in a tweet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Cuban leader Fidel Castro whom he described as one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century and a “good friend” of India.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the government & people of Cuba on the sad demise of Fidel Castro. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

“Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend,” the Prime Minister said.