Monday, September 03, 2007

Chavez reads Castro letter to underscore Cuban leader's health

Caribean Net News

Published on Monday, September 3, 2007

By Steven Bodzin

CARACAS, Venezuela (Bloomberg): Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez read a letter from Fidel Castro on his weekly television show on Sunday to underscore his position that the 80-year-old Cuban leader has largely recovered from surgery last year.

Speculation over Castro's health has flared periodically since he handed daily management of the Caribbean state to his brother Raul on July 31, 2006, the first time he had ceded control of Cuba in 47 years.

"Don't be scared by the single white hair you discovered in your black hair," Castro wrote, according to a transcript produced by state-run Venezuela National Radio. "My problem is that I don't have a black hair on my white scalp. When you get to this moment, you'll discover you lack more than ever the time to meditate and deepen."

Chavez said he could have read the letter in a speech he gave Saturday, though he didn't disclose when he received the letter from Castro.

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