Cuba marks anniversary of Fidel death as post-Castro era nears

Cuba marks the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Saturday with a week of vigils nationwide, as the island embarks on a political cycle that will end 60 years of the Castro brothers’ rule. Fidel, a towering figure of the 20th century who built a Communist-run state on the doorstep of the United States and defied US efforts to topple him, died aged 90 on Nov.

25 last year. The Cold War icon had already been largely out of public view for around a decade, having formally ceded the presidency.

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