Cuba's Castro to resume office on April 28: Bolivia

Updated on Mar 19, 2007 11:39 AM IST
Fidel Castro will return, eight months after stepping aside, Evo Morales said.
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PTI | By, La Paz

Fidel Castro will return to Cuba's presidency on April 28, eight months after stepping aside temporarily following an operation, Bolivia's leader Evo Morales has been quoted in media reports.

According to Morales, Castro, 80, will resume official functions on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, or ALBA, a regional cooperation mechanism joining Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia.

The date also marks the first anniversary of Bolivia's signing on in Havana to the "Peoples' Trade Agreement" to implement the ALBA principles.

The commemoration of the two events "will be the occasion to attend the return of our brother Fidel to Cuba's presidency.

The presidents of six countries will participate," said Morales, according to the newspaper reports on Sunday.

Morales did not explain how he knew of Castro's planned return. Last October the Bolivian president declared that Castro, who ceded power to his brother Raul last July 31 after he underwent intestinal surgery, would be back in his job in "two or three weeks."

Today Castro remains mostly out of sight, and earlier this week Cuban National Assembly leader Ricardo Alarcon told journalists that Castro would be in shape to retake the reins of power early 2008.

"I am certain he will be in perfect condition to continue assuming this responsibility," Alarcon said at a meeting of parliament deputies to prepare for March elections of those who will then decide Cuba's leader.

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