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    Fidel Castro resigns Cuban presidency

    An ailing Fidel Castro stepped aside as Cuba's leader Tuesday, ending nearly a half-century of rule that saw him become an arch-enemy of 10 U.S. presidents as head of one of the world's last communist nations.

    Castro, 81, announced his decision in a letter posted in the online edition of the Communist Party daily Granma, which has been his main form of communication since July 2006, when a crippling illness rendered him too weak to appear in public.

    His brother Raul Castro, 76, has run Cuba on a day-to-day basis since Fidel became sick, an arrangement that is likely to continue. However, Fidel Castro's formal departure as leader will deprive the Cuban regime of its most charismatic leader and could spark new calls for democracy from Washington and from Cuban Americans living in Miami and elsewhere.

    "I will not aspire to nor accept I repeat, I will not aspire to nor accept the post of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief," read a letter signed by Castro published early Tuesday in the online edition of the Communist Party daily Granma.

    "My wishes have always been to discharge my duties to my last breath. That's all I can offer," Castro wrote. But, he continued, "it would be a betrayal to my conscience to accept a responsibility requiring more mobility and dedication than I am physically able to offer. This I say devoid of all drama."

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...o_N.htm?csp=34
    By Brian Winter, USA TODAY

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    That leave Hillary or Obama to carry on his legecy

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    bout time. Hope the next guy is better
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    Why don't we have a paper here called the daily Grandma? I think that's a catchy name.

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