Monday, April 30, 2007

Castro 'poised for Mayday return'

Castro 'poised for Mayday return'
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he thinks Cuban leader Fidel
Castro will return to the public eye on 1 May after a long recovery from

Mr Morales made the remarks ahead of a summit in Venezuela, adding that
he had not spoken to him in person but heard the news from Cuban officials.

"I am certain that, on May 1, comrade Fidel will resume his role leading
Cuba and Latin America," Mr Morales said.

Mr Castro has been out of the public eye for the last nine months.

"We all would like for his swift recovery to be even faster"
Economy Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez

Last week the 80-year-old Cuban leader held talks with a top delegate
from China in what is thought to be his first official act since his
illness last year.

Mr Castro's health, which remains a state secret, came under close
scrutiny by international media after he had stomach surgery last July.

Some six million Cubans are expected to take part in 1 May celebrations
across Cuba on Tuesday. The day marks International Labour Day.

For most of the last 47 years of his rule, Mr Castro has marked the
occasion with a lengthy speech in Havana's revolution square.

"We all would like for his swift recovery to be even faster and for him
to be with us," Economy Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez told reporters on
Saturday, the AFP news agency said.

"That recovery is coming along well, but it is going to take the time
that necessary medical steps take, and we are going to have to respect
whatever is necessary to do in that case."

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Published: 2007/04/29 14:58:01 GMT

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