Fidel Castro in rare public appearance voting in Cuba’s parliamentary elections
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has voted in country’s parliamentary elections, the first time the frail ex-leader has been seen in public for several months.
State TV showed Fidel Castro, 86, voting at a polling station where he is said to have spent up to an hour talking to other voters and the media.
He was stooped and spoke with a faint, weak voice.
A crowd surrounded his car, cheering as he was driven off, she adds.
All organized opposition is banned in Cuba and all candidates for elections have been selected by the ruling Communist Party or its affiliated associations.
More than 600 delegates will take their seats in the National Assembly and approve the candidates for Cuba’s key political positions.
With President Raul Castro – Fidel’s younger brother – already 81, Cubans are watching for any sign as to who might follow him.
The choice of vice-presidents and ministers could suggest who is being groomed to carry on the revolution.
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