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Posted March 22, 2011 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Fidel Castro says he resigned five years ago from all his official positions, including First Secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party. This is the only position in the current Cuban government that he was believed to have held.

The Communist Party website, Partido Comunista de Cuba, still lists him as First Secretary, with President Raul Castro listed as Second Secretary.

Castro wrote in an opinion piece published today “Renuncié sin vacilación a todos mis cargos estatales y políticos, incluso al de Primer Secretario del Partido, cuando enfermé y nunca intenté ejercerlos después de la Proclama del 31 de julio de 2006, ni cuando recuperé parcialmente mi salud más de un año después, aunque todos continuaban titulándome afectuosamente de esa forma.”

Loosely translated stating that when he got sick in 2006 that he resigned without hesitation from his state and political positions, including First Secretary of the Party and that he never tried to exercise those roles again.

It is interesting that first of all, he NEVER mentioned this before and second that he does it in one paragraph in an article about the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion. One has to wonder if the Cuban government and the Cuban people are learning this for the first time too.

Also, of course this will increase speculation that Fidel will officially resign as First Secretary at the Communist Party Congress coming up next month in Cuba.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on March 22, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Great insight with some speculation about the future leaders of Cuba by the Associated Press.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on March 23, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Now Fidel is saying that it never occurred to him to officially resign as First Secretary and we are supposed to believe that?

    Right now I don’t understand why he would lie about this. I guess this is just his underhanded way of resigning before the Party Congress?

    Is he playing the old fool or is he still in charge?

    This is probably exactly what he what everyone to wonder.

    If you go with history, if Fidel is saying something, it is most likely a lie… for security purposes of course.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on March 23, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Giving this more thought, the announcement can either be viewed to endorse Raul’s changes OR it might be a move by Fidel to DISTANCE himself from Raul’s changes so if/when Raul fails and there is some big uprising, Fidel can make a public appearance and show up as the “good guy” and give a “don’t blame me” speech to the Cuban people.

    Maybe Fidel doesn’t like the changes (I doubt he does) so now he has retroactively resigned and can say that he had nothing to do with the change in/fall of the Revolucion.


    Maybe now I am thinking like Fidel. Maybe this is his move to protect his legacy.

    Something like this from Fidel?

    “Hey, look at my record from 1959 to 2006… not so bad right? I made it through the Special Period but I’m not taking the blame for anything that happened after 2006.”

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