Fidel Castro rebuts US call for change in Cuba

February 23rd, 2008 - 2:45 pm ICT by admin  

Havana, Feb 23 (Xinhua) Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro has lashed out at US presidential hopefuls’ calls for change in his country, saying the only change needed is in the US. In his first article since he announced retirement as Cuba’s top leader, Castro said Friday all the US presidential candidates cried for change in Cuba in recent debates, but the fact is that “Cuba changed a long time ago and will continue its dialectic road without returning to the past”.

He said that the presidential candidates in the US were forced to proclaim their immediate demands to Cuba “to avoid risking vote losses”.

Castro said that US leaders want Cuba to become part of their “voracious and expansionist empire”, and that is what they mean by change.

Fidel Castro had announced his retirement Tuesday, after some 50 years in office. He had said that he would not accept the position of president of the Council of State and commander-in-chief but would continue communicating with Cuban citizens through a newspaper column titled “Reflections of Comrade Fidel”.

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