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Fidel Castro appears in public

10-22-2012 05:04 BJT

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Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in months, challenging persistent rumors that the aging revolutionary is near death.

Former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua says he met with aging revolutionary icon Fidel Castro for five hours and has shown photos of the encounter. The 86-year-old retired leader dropped off the Venezuelan guest at the Hotel Nacional on Saturday afternoon, then stayed to chat with hotel staff.

Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in months, challenging
persistent rumors that the aging revolutionary is near death.

Castro’s health has been the subject of intense speculation for years. Rumors have gained force in recent days after he failed to publicly congratulate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a close ally, on his electoral victory.

The former Cuban leader has not appeared in public since March, and has also ceased writing his once-constant opinion pieces, the last of which appeared in June.

Fidel Castro meets with Venezuela's ex-VP

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Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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