Castro resigns as Cuban president

Fidel Castro resigned Tuesday as president and commander in chief of Cuba, the online official press said.

Castro resigns as Cuban president
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution.

"To my dear compatriots, who gave me the immense honor in recent days of electing me a member of parliament ... I communicate to you that I will not aspire to or accept ... the position of president of council of state and commander in chief," Castro said in a statement published on the Web site of the Communist Party's Granma newspaper.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Şubat 2008, 14:20