Cubans are starting to wonder why they still have not seen or heard from the man Fidel Castro designated to rule while he recovers from surgery. When NPR asked the president of Cuba?s National Assembly when the Cuban people could expect to hear from Raúl Castro, he replied by asking, ?Where is Mr. Cheney now?? The Cuban government has yet to release any photos of or communiqués from Fidel since his surgery, with the exception of a written statement he is said to have dictated.

Washington Post


HAVANA, Aug. 2 — In this island capital’s long bus-stop lines and open markets, its offices and restaurants, the question keeps popping up: Where’s Raúl?

Raúl Castro has yet to appear in public since being named temporary president of Cuba late Monday. His absence is adding a layer of intrigue to the speculation-heavy ambience that has settled over this city. It was two days ago that the Cuban government announced that Fidel Castro — who is recovering from intestinal surgery — would relinquish his 47-year hold on power to his younger brother.



NPR’s interview with Ricardo Alarcon.

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