Cuba Politics

Fidel Castro says he is still in power behind the scenes

Posted August 01, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

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.

Member Comments

On August 01, 2007, publisher wrote:

Sad really. An old man locked away in a room who admitted that he no longer takes care of himself writing letters to the world trying to make himself seem important at the expense of the good of his country.

This latest letter is a desperate attempt to control Raul from beyond.

To me, this sounds more like a desperate plea for recognition from a dying old man who has no power other than that of an icon.

This letter convinces me that he will try to screw things up for Cuba until the day he days, and probably beyond somehow too.

I thought he was going to fade away and let Raul rise to power but after reading this, Fidel appears that he will be a thorn in the side of Cuba so long as he can write letters.

What a shame for the Cuban people. Why can’t Fidel just let them move on?

On August 01, 2007, manfredz wrote:

if the theory is correct that raoul is pragmatic enough to initiate substantial changes to improve cubans lives, this may be why he’s holding back.  We’ll see if he’s a shadow of Fidel or ready to change probably only after Fidel is dead and buried.  Am sure he does not want to risk a falling out with his brother and discover that he still wields considerable power.

On August 01, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

Of course Fidel still wields considerable power, furthermore, some of the top leadership may be oppose to reforms, so Raul has to walk a very fine line until Fidel is totally incapacitated or dead.

If he has a majority of the top leadership on his side you will see some gradual reforms, if he doesn’t, then the status quo will prevail.

On August 04, 2007, manfredz wrote:

perez ...don’t think the status quo will prevail if he doesn’t have the majority of leadership on his side.  Think a lot of people, both in and outside of cuba, are sitting on the sidelines awaiting fidel’s death and raoul’s reforms, and if they don’t materialize, will get restless…..

On August 04, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

manfredz, I was refering to Raul not having the majority of the leadership on his side and I still believe that if he doesn’t it would be hard for him to implement reforms, however, you could be right about people getting restless.

On August 04, 2007, manfredz wrote:

perez .
thats what i understood you to mean.  I just meant that i dont think it’ll be a status quo if he doesn’t have the majority on his side, just then changes are much harder to predict what will happen. 
Personally I dont think it’ll be something to worry about.  Planning my 3rd trip to Cuba (as a Canadian its no problem) for January and planning on taking my 81 yr old mother along.  Sure wouldn’t plan that if I thought the island would explode by then.

On August 04, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

See your point, I agree that there are not going to be any explosion, have a great trip with your mother, I hope you both will enjoy it. I will be there myself in Oct. coming.

On August 05, 2007, anders wrote:

I donĀ“t think Fidels letters are primarily to be understood as desperate attempts to maintain a position of power. I believe they are basically a signal to the cuban people he is not fading away. This is important and to many cubans a way to soothen worries.
The main reason Raul has not launched a multitude of reforms yet, I believe, is simply because he at present is a substitute. Not according to the constitution and the paragraphs, he is elected in due order, but according to political legality which is absolutely necessary in political cultures where popular mass movements are essential.
Remember the shift from Fidel to Raul was not because there was a political change but because the Chief of State was incapacitated from illness. At present legality of national policy comes from a National Assembly that was elected 5 years ago and that selected a Council of State and a president from amongst it self. Raul has little choice but to underline the policies of this Assembly. Pretty much the same thing happened in Sweden after Olof Palme was assasinated on february 26 1986. His vice primer Ingvar Carlsson did the same thing until new elections were held in 1988.
After the cuban elections in october we will see what happens !

On August 06, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

anders makes an excellent point, it is pretty much the same thing Mariela Castro said in a recent interview.