By Anita Snow, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HAVANA – An ailing Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when the new parliament meets Sunday.
“I will not aspire to nor accept – I repeat, I will not aspire to nor accept – the post of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief,” read a letter signed by Castro published early Tuesday in the online edition of the Communist Party daily Granma. (full article here)
i have been to cuba and worked with local cuban churches for the past five years. this news is both a surprise and yet it’s not. i have seen both the good and the bad of what castro has accomplished in cuba. of course, as a canadian i have only been able to see what local cubans show me and through the questions i seek clarity on regarding their country and their own personal opinion on cuba. this transition is something that i’m going to keep my eye on with a great deal of keen interest.