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The Hamilton Spectator
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Wednesday February 20, 2008
Although Fidel Castro has officially announced that he's giving up his position as Cuba's president, his history suggests that he could still play a potent role in the country's politics.

Since his earliest days in power, the Cuban leader has demonstrated that he doesn't necessarily need a title to exert control over the island nation's government.

Even if the ailing 81-year-old leader becomes further incapacitated or dies, much of his influence may be maintained by Cuban officials who owe their careers to him and are closely aligned with his ideology.

Castro and his revolutionaries were hailed as heroes when they rolled into Havana in early 1959, after fighting a two-year guerrilla war that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista. Even before arriving in the capital, Castro named the head of the Cuban Bar Association, Jose Miro Cardona, as prime minister, and called on him to form a provisional government.

Castro originally had no political title, but had already named himself head of the revolutionary army, and he simply extended that role to become commander in chief of the Cuban armed forces.

Castro's arrangement with Miro lasted barely a month before Miro abruptly resigned as prime minister. Castro had repeatedly side-stepped the government by intervening in labor disputes and promoting a new land-reform law. Source...

History Implies Castro's Influence Likely to Continue
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