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Cuba's fading Fidel Castro turn 85 on Saturday: Cuba was to celebrate the birthday on Saturday

Cuba's fading Fidel Castro turn 85 on Saturday: Cuba was to celebrate the birthday on Saturday

HAVANA,Cuba - Revolutionary legend Fidel Castro turns 85 on Saturday, still an important figure in his communist-ruled Cuba, but increasingly a fading presence in the life of the country he ran for 49 years. He gave up his last leadership post this year when he stepped down as head of the ruling Communist Party and has retreated further and further from public view. His gradual slipping away appears to be a product of choice borne of necessity, but also of a transition plan to wean Cuba from its once near-total dependence on the charismatic Comandante's leadership. He is rarely seen or heard from and has stood largely on the sidelines as his younger brother and replacement, President Raul Castro, struggles to reform Cuba's Soviet-style economy. "His role has diminished significantly. He has stepped away more so than at any point in the last five years," said Jonathan Benja...

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