Rio de Janeiro - A newspaper based in the commercial centre of Sao Paulo cited Brazilian government sources in its report Saturday that Cuban leader Fidel Castro has stomach cancer.
According to official statements Monday from Havana, Castro temporarily handed the reins of government to his brother and hand- picked successor, Raul, after undergoing surgery for an intestinal haemorrhage blamed on stress from recent overseas travel.
The Brazilian daily Folha de Sao Paulo cited normally reliable sources in the government in Brasilia as saying that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was notified from Havana about the elder Castro’s medical condition. A leftist with lifelong good relations with the Cuban regime, Lula was supposedly told that Castro has a serious, malignant stomach tumour.
2006 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur