World - - Nov 30,2016
Former Cuban President and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. The news was announced by his brother and current Cuban President, Raul Castro.
Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century. Former president Castro, died after suffering a long battle with illness. While announcing the news on state television, his brother Raul Castro said, “Dear people of Cuba, with deep sadness I inform our people, the friends of our America and the world, that today, the commander in chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, has died and according to the will of comrade Fidel, his remains will be cremated.”
Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader, one of the world’s well known and most controversial leaders had survived numerous assassination attempts plots by United States intelligence services. The government of United States spent more than $1 billion including one extraordinary plan to give him poison through his cigar, but he endured unscathed.
Fidel Castro took power following a revolution in year 1959 by overthrowing dictator and former two time President of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista. Two years later, Castro fended off a US-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs. Before resigning as president in February 2008 due to illness, he ruled Cuba as a leader for 49 years. Castro was taken a prisoner and jailed for 15 years but was released in a general amnesty in 1955 before going into exile in the US and Mexico.
According to a claim by the Cuban intelligence services, Fidel Castro faced total 634 assassination attempts between the 1958 to year 2000. After England’s Queen Elizabeth II and the King of Thailand Rama IX, Fidel Castro was the world’s third longest-serving leader of a nation. The Cuban leader’s trademark military fatigues and cap will always be remembered.