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Venezuela's Chavez says Fidel Castro up and walking, in 'very, very good' shape
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that Fidel Castro seemed in "very, very good" shape when they met in Cuba last week and he claimed that the ailing revolutionary had even walked in the streets of Havana. Chavez, a close friend of Castro, said the health of the 82-year-old former Cuban leader was "much better than all the times I've visited him in the past three years, two and a half years."

Castro has not been seen in public since mid-2006 when he underwent intestinal surgery and ceded power to his younger brother Raul.

It wasn't clear when Fidel Castro took the walk Chavez described and no images of it have been publicly released.
"Fidel surprised us all," Chavez said. "He went for a walk. Fidel went out and they saw him. ... Fidel walking through Havana, through the streets. A miracle. The people were crying."

"Of course he planned it all so there wouldn't be any record of it or anything," Chavez added. "There's a photo that I've seen, and in that sense I feel humbly privileged."

Earlier Friday in a telephone call carried on state television, Venezuela's socialist leader said he met with the elder Castro twice, once for three hours on Feb. 20 and a day later for more than four hours.

"Fidel is — well — very, very, very good. Very good," Chavez said.

When they met, Chavez and Castro discussed subjects including the world financial crisis and President Barack Obama, the Venezuelan government said in a statement.

There were no images released of the meetings with Castro.

The morning call
02 Mar 2009 by admin
The Havana Journal



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