Fidel Castro still wielding power in Cuba: Bush

March 8th, 2008 - 6:27 am ICT by admin  

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Washington, March 8 (DPA) Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro continues to quietly wield power, and Washington will not alter its tough policies on the communist island until democratic reforms are introduced, US President George W. Bush has said. “So far, all Cuba has done is replacing one dictator with another. And the former ruler is still influencing events from behind the scenes,” Bush said Friday during meeting with a group of Cuban dissidents at the White House.

Castro formally stepped down last month after 49 years in power, handing the reins to his brother Raul, who had been running the country since his older brother suffered a health crisis in 2006.

Bush said that US sanctions imposed in the 1960s will remain in place, while Washington will continue reaching out to the Cuban people.

“This is the same system, the same faces and the same policies that led Cuba to its miseries in the first place,” Bush said and added, “The United States is isolating the Cuban regime, and we’re reaching out to the Cuban people.”
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