Fidel Castro alive and in good health
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has given an interview to a Venezuelan television station, first time after the rumours emerged that he was very ill and near to his death.
The 85-year-old leader appeared relaxed and in good health. His pictures were posted on Cubadebate, a state-run website.
Reports suggest that he was interviewed in Havana, but it had not yet been broadcast and it was not immediately clear when it would be.
|Fidel Castro. Photo/AFP |
"I hate to inform those who are enjoying themselves by believing that Commandante Fidel has had a stroke that he is alive and kicking," The Telegraph quoted the Venezuelan journalist who conducted the interview, as saying.
However, it is expected that the interview would be broadcast in a day or two.
Cuban Parliament Chief Ricardo Alarcon also confirmed that Castro "is well and enjoying good health."
"Fidel himself said it awhile ago: The day he dies nobody will believe it because they have killed him so many times," he added.
Castro has not appeared in public since a Communist Party summit in April, when he seemed unsteady and unusually fragile. He has all but stopped writing his trademark opinion pieces, and didn''t make a statement or release a photograph on his birthday last month.