Fidel Castro makes rare speech at Communist Party Congress

Fidel Castro makes rare speech at Communist Party Congress
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Fidel Castro addressed Cuba's communists Tuesday, asking them to keep his ideas in place once he dies.


"The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need, and we need to fight without a truce to obtain them," the AP quoted the 89-year-old leader as saying.

Castro's rare appearance alongside his brother, President Raúl Castro, at the Communist Party's seventh congress coincided with the 55th anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion by United States-backed counterrevolutionaries.

"This may be one of the last times I speak in this room," Castro said. "We must tell our brothers in Latin America and the world that the Cuban people will be victorious."

Raúl Catro, 84, was confirmed as the party's first secretary and 85-year-old José Ramón Machado Ventura as second secretary.

Raúl Castro is expected to step down as president in 2018, but his Tuesday reelection means he could retain his powerful post as Communist Party first secretary beyond then.

Cuba and the United States, at loggerheads since the early 1960s over their Cold War rivalry, recently re-established diplomatic relationships.

Obama is the first U.S. president to visit the island since Woodrow Wilson.

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