Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, dispelling expectations of change in a post-Castro Cuba, promised “more revolution and more socialism” when the ailing Cuban leader is no longer around.
“What I can predict is more revolution and more socialism in Cuba,” Perez Roque told CNN in an interview on Tuesday at the United Nations, where Cuba won a victory against the United States with a 184-4 nonbinding vote urging the lifting of U.S. sanctions against it.
Nevertheless, Perez Roque said the 81-year-old Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public since intestinal surgery forced him to hand over power to his brother 15 months ago, remains engaged.
“Fidel Castro is entirely dedicated to the process of recovery of his health, which advances satisfactorily,” he said.
The man who has led Cuba since a leftist revolution in 1959 is going through a “fertile” period of his life dedicated to reading and writing, said Perez Roque, a protegee and former personal secretary of the Cuban leader.