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July 31, 2006

Pray For Fidel -- Michael

I'm not sayin' exactly what you should pray for.


By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer, 4 minutes ago

HAVANA - Fidel Castro temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul on Monday night and told Cubans he underwent surgery.

The Cuban leader said he had suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, apparently due to stress from recent public appearances in Argentina and Cuba, according to the letter read live on television by his secretary, Carlos Valenciaga.

What's stressful about a public appearance? This guy is famous for running his yap in front of a microphone and delivering four-hour speeches.


"The operation obligates me to undertake several weeks of rest," the letter read, adding that extreme stress "had provoked in me a sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obligated me to undergo a complicated surgical procedure."

Castro said he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his younger brother and successor Raul, the defense minister, but said the move was of "a provisional character." There was no immediate appearance or statement by Raul Castro.

I'm thinkin' Raul is saying the same prayers we are. He's been the Commandante-In-Waiting for a long time.

The elder Castro asked that celebrations scheduled for his 80th birthday on Aug. 13 be postponed until Dec. 2, the 50th anniversary of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Hell No! I'm going ahead with the Castro's 80th Birthday Party that I had planned. We already sent out the invitations.

AP - Castro relinquishes power before surgery


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