Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ding, dong, the dictator's gone

Well, it's a start, hopefully.
There were few people in the streets of Havana early on Tuesday after the announcement, according to a person in the capital who spoke by phone on condition of anonymity. There did not appear to be any unrest. Cuba has a small dissident movement among its 11 million people, but its leaders have not sought a change in the country's leadership since Castro's illness was announced.

Castro's announcement was posted on the communist party newspaper Web site before dawn on Tuesday. Access to the Internet is strictly limited in Cuba and only a few elite politicians, military leaders and scientists have access in their offices or homes. The vast majority of Cubans can only access the Internet at state-run facilities, where they must pay an hourly fee and where many popular sites, such as Yahoo and Google are blocked.
It is unclear what role, if any, Fidel Castro will play in governing Cuba now that he has officially stepped down. Many Cubans believe that he will be the real power in the nation -- regardless of titles -- as long as he is alive.

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