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Former President Fidel Castro says his brother has 'all legal and constitutional faculties'

Former President Fidel Castro says his brother has 'all legal and constitutional faculties'

Fidel Castro said Friday his brother and president Raul has "all legal and constitutional faculties and prerogatives" to lead Cuba.
Fidel Castro's comments, apparently aimed at speculation that he still remains in charge and is directing his brother behind the scenes, came in the first comments he has published since Raul assumed the nation's top post last weekend.
"I reaffirm that I am detached from any post, as I expressed in my message" last week announcing his resignation, Castro said in the new essay, published on the online edition of the Communist Party newspaper Granma.
Fidel wrote that both he and his brother were consulted when the parliament's nominating committee came up with the candidates for the Council of State, Cuba's supreme governing authority, elected by the new parliament on Sunday.
"That's not because I demanded to be consulted; it was the decision of Raul and of the principal leaders of the country to consult me," Castro wrote.
"At the same time it was my decision to ask the nominating commission that the list of candidates for the Council of State include Leopoldo Cintra Frias and Alvaro Lopez Miera," he said, referring to two key generals that have long been close to Raul.
The inclusion of Frias and Miera was interpreted by many Cubans, on and off the island, as an attempt to pack the council with military allies.
"This was not the fruit of Raul's supposed militaristic tendencies, nor was it about generations or parties fighting over .... power."
Castro also dismissed concerns about the advanced age of many added to the Council of State's ranks on Sunday. The two generals are "much younger than (U.S. Republican presidential candidate John) McCain and have much more experience as military chiefs," Castro added.
Cintra Frias is 66 and while Alvaro Lopez's age was not immediately available, he also appears to be in his 60s. McCain is 71 and will be 72 at the time of the Republican convention.


Updated : 2021-05-14 19:58 GMT+08:00