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Castro Among Longest-Serving Leaders, Known for Long Speeches

Some facts about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro led Cuba for five decades and was the world’s third longest-serving head of state, after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand. He temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul in July 2006 after undergoing intestinal surgery. The handover of power became official in 2008. In his last years, Castro occasionally appeared in public and in videos and pictures usually meeting with guests. He wrote hundreds of...

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