Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cuba says Castro's life not in danger

Reuters

Tue Aug 1, 2006 5:40pm ET162

By Anthony Boadle

HAVANA (Reuters) - The communist government told nervous Cubans on Tuesday that Fidel Castro's life was not in danger, after the ailing U.S. foe who has dominated the nation for nearly 50 years said he had stepped down temporarily.

"The Cuban leader will always fight until the last moment. But that last moment is very far away," National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon said in the first word from Cuba on Castro's condition since Monday evening's announcement he was handing over power provisionally to his brother.

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