Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance
FORMER Cuban leader Fidel Castro makes his first public appearance for 10 months as he launches the two-volume book of his memoirs.
The leader of Cuba's revolution, Fidel Castro presented the apparently exhaustive two-volume account of his life up until 1958 at a book launch in the capital Havana on Friday.
The book, entitled Fidel Castro Ruz: A Guerrilla of Time features conversations between Fidel Castro and Cuban writer and journalist Katiuska Blanco about the former Cuban leader's childhood and youth up to 1958, when he led a revolution that turned the then US-dominated Cuba into a communist state aligned with the Soviet Union.
Footage of the event was later aired of Cuban state television and marked the first time Castro has been seen in public since April 2011, when he attended the closing ceremony of a Communist Party congress.
The 85-year-old Fidel Castro resigned the presidency four years ago, handing power to his younger brother Raul who has attempted to usher the communist country into a new era with a series of moderate reforms.