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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

COLUMN: WILL CASTRO COME BACK AS A CEREMONIAL HEAD OF STATE?

There are three possible scenarios about ailing Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's apparent decision to temporarily hand over power to his younger brother Raúl, two of which may lead to a lengthy withdrawal from at least some of the absolute powers he has held for nearly five decades. If and when he comes back, Castro could become - at least in title - a ceremonial head of state. Read the full column here.

8 Comments:

Blogger Manuel A. Tellechea said...

"Will Castro Come Back As A Ceremonial Head of State?" From the grave, do you mean? I hope not. But just to make sure, someone should drive a wooden stake through his heart before he's buried.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Jose Benegas said...

Other question would be done: Is this episode going to have any effect in the spirit or imagination of Cubans who are waiting Castro’s dead to be free? An historical fact came to my memory. In 1806 and 1807 British empire invaded Rio de la Plata (Argentina) which were under the domination of Spain. The operation fails in a few month both cases but local people weren´t the same as before, and this change cause a revolution 3 years before against Spain. Cubans are imagining today freedom. This is much more than nothing.

1:55 PM  
Blogger !Ya No Mas! said...

I am prayin and wishin Castro's dead, but it will be interesting to see, what nasty tricks the regime has for the cuban people.But Castro comin back as a ceremonial head of state..I hope not. We have plenty of "JACKASS" in that regime to eliminate.

1:59 PM  
Blogger paco said...

He already handed in Cuba to his brother. It started to happen more than a year ago. The dead of Castro is imminent, even if he comes back for a couple of years as a ceremonial head of state. We should ask ourselves how is Raul going to act without Fidel? Is he going to be worst than Fidel or better than him? Maybe he turns to be the "terrible Raul" or maybe the good Raul that tries to open up the island. We dont know since the guy has lived his entire life under the shadow of Fidel. His future behavior is unpredictable, but one thing we know: He is going to be no Gorbachev. Maybe he can be an Andropov.
If Cubans want freedom they are going to have to beat the regime.

2:55 PM  
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6:24 PM  
Blogger Miguel Tormentas said...

andrés, ¿descartas por completo que se trate de un modo tranquilo de realizar una transición tranquilamente de modo que se asegure la permanencia del partido comunista en el gobierno sin que haya un vacío de poder?

si verdaderamente castro se interesa por la permanencia del régimen por encima de sus intereses lo mejor que podría hacer sería dejar el poder en vida

11:15 PM  
Blogger Manuel A. Tellechea said...

Want to gamble on Castro's death?

The Guardian & Mail, 05 August 2006

Internet betting sites are offering odds on when Fidel Castro, the Cuban President, will die, as members of the Cuban government report that his condition is stable and he is recovering from an intestinal operation.

The Costa Rica-based BetUS.com gambling site claimed on Friday that it had taken "thousands" of bets, mainly from the Miami area, where the largest population of Cuban exiles live. They are offering odds on what day the Cuban leader, who will be 80 on August 13, will die.

"We do not normally offer bets on deaths," Mike Foreman, a spokesperson for the website, said on Friday, "but we figured this was a unique occasion because it's about international politics. We knew there was a lot of interest in it."

He said the sums involved have been small. "Typically, on these novelty bets we have a limit of $500 [£262] and most of the bets are around $100."

Other betting sites have steered away from offering odds on the date of a death on the grounds of taste, but are inviting wagers on whether the man who has led Cuba for 47 years will reappear before his birthday.

"Many of us were amazed at Castro's staying power but he's no Stonehenge," said Mickey Richardson of betCRIS.com. "Every reign has an end point and it would appear that Castro's is fast approaching."

His company is offering odds of 13/1 against Castro appearing in public before his birthday and 17/1 on that he will not appear. It decided not to allow bets on whether he would be dead by then.

In Havana, members of the government said Castro is recovering from surgery. "We are rising up to meet the stature of this young man of 80 years who, convalescing from a complicated operation, still made the effort to adopt measures to assure that we are capable of confronting any aggression," said Ricardo Alarcón, the president of the Assembly, in a statement to the newspaper Granma.

4:59 PM  
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