Saturday 23 September 2017

I'm fit as a fiddle, insists chirpy Fidel

An image of former Cuban President Fidel Castro (3-L) is held up by former Venezuelan Vice-President Elias Jaua in La Havana on October 21. Photo: Getty Images
An image of former Cuban President Fidel Castro (3-L) is held up by former Venezuelan Vice-President Elias Jaua in La Havana on October 21. Photo: Getty Images

Fiona Govan Madrid

After months of absence from the public eye resulting in rumours that he was on his deathbed, Fidel Castro (left) has insisted he is in very good health and can't even remember "what a headache is".

Cuba's state media published photographs of its leader looking the picture of health as he strolled -- with a cane -- around a farm wearing a straw hat and plaid shirt.

The 86-year-old El Commandante wrote an accompanying letter attacking recent reports that he was "near death".

"I don't even remember what a headache is," he wrote, offering the photographs to "show what liars they are".

Castro, who took power in 1959, stepped down as president in 2008 following a long illness and handed power to his brother Raul. He had not been seen since the Pope's visit in March.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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