As one of his presidential rivals toured western provinces, Fidel Castro scrambled to keep Cuba’s political situation in disarray.
The defiant comments from the official Communist Party newspaper that ex-President Raul Castro bequeathed his twin brother for his “only just causes” didn’t stop six leading dissidents from marching from Havana to La Habana to demand his resignation in “solidarity” with pro-government demonstrators.
Their protest march underscored the deep rifts that persist as Fidel Castro prepares to leave power in a military pact he launched in 1959 – the U.S.-supported “revolution” – that has propped up the Marxist revolution on the communist island for more than half a century.
The brothers have been very public since they were inaugurated as Cuba’s first real democratic presidents since the revolution, but the propaganda has sent a different message as they advance to a new stage of a succession battle.
As the death of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela opened a new front in the U.S.-Cuba argument over the future of the region’s leftist bloc, Raul Castro used a speech to Congress on Wednesday to warn that the ideological and military successes of the North American government have now been surpassed by what he called the Cuban socialist system.