Cuba’s Fidel Castro Reappears in PublicFebruary 3, 2013 | | Print |
Voting at his polling station
HAVANA TIMES — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro reappeared in public on Sunday to vote in the island’s parliamentary elections, ten months after last being seen live on television, reported DPA news.
Castro, 86, turned out to vote in person in Havana, according to footage shown on Cuban state television and Telesur.
Castro appeared around five in the afternoon at the polling station in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado where he has voted since 1976. The veteran Cuban leader also spoke a few words with the Cuban media.
“I am sure that the people (Cuban) are a revolutionary people that have made great sacrifices,” Castro said in a weak and paused voice before the television cameras. Reportedly, Castro spoke for an hour with those present.
The last time Fidel was seen live on TV was during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI at the end of March 2012.
Despite being retired from power since 2006, the former president was once again a candidate to the National Assembly, nominated for the city of Santiago de Cuba.
The slate of 612 candidates up for election to a new legislature are expected to reelect Raul Castro as Cuba’s president when they hold their first session in February.