The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, has issued a statement saying he is fighting relentlessly for a full recovery from ill health.
Writing in Cuba’s state newspaper, Granma, Mr Castro insisted that he is consulted on every government decision.
“Raul himself has been entrusted with making sure that every important decision, during the period that I have been recovering, was decided after consulting with me,” he wrote.
“I am being bombarded with questions about when I will return to what some call power,” he wrote in a column published by the Communist Party newspaper Granma.
“Raul, the Party, the Government and the mass and social organizations, led by the workers, are marching ahead guided by the unbreakable principle of unity,” he said.
“What am I going to do? I will fight ceaselessly as I have done all my life,” he said.