Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro hasn’t exactly been courting the limelight in recent years, owing to his ailing health and subsequent transfer of power to his brother Raul, but he rallied and made a rare cameo appearance Monday on a Cuban talk show. –KA


The 83-year-old appears relaxed and cogent when speaking on the current affairs programme, Mesa Redonda (Round Table), although his voice is weak.

[…] The BBC’s Michael Voss, in the Cuban capital Havana, says Fidel Castro’s sudden return to the limelight may be designed to send a message that he remains part of the decision-making process.

His re-appearance also follows the dramatic announcement last week that Raoul Castro had agreed to free 52 political prisoners.

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