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Cuba: Raul Castro honours his late-brother Fidel at National Assembly tribute01:46

Cuba: Raul Castro honours his late-brother Fidel at National Assembly tribute

Cuba, Havana
December 28, 2016 at 04:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Cuban President Raul Castro spoke at the opening session of the National Assembly, the first since his brother Fidel passed away, in Havana, on Tuesday. Ahead of Raul's speech a film was shown to the assembly depicting important moments in Fidel's life, including his participation in the body which he addressed numerous times.

Following the screening Raul addressed the assembly, stating that "Restrictions in cash and in the provision of fuel worsened in the second half of the year leading to a decrease in our GDP [gross domestic product] of 0.9 percent," Castro said, before adding that "despite this situation we preserved free social services like education and public health to our people."

He continued, "the Cuban economy didn't collapse or return to the energy blackouts as in most difficult moments of the Special Period."

Raul finally praised his late brother, stating "Fidel left us his imperishable example, unyielding optimism and faith in victory. We must remember him that way."

Fidel Castro passed away aged 90 in Havana on Friday, November 25, prompting emotional responses from supporters and detractors worldwide. He served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, in which time he survived geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts.

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Cuban President Raul Castro spoke at the opening session of the National Assembly, the first since his brother Fidel passed away, in Havana, on Tuesday. Ahead of Raul's speech a film was shown to the assembly depicting important moments in Fidel's life, including his participation in the body which he addressed numerous times.

Following the screening Raul addressed the assembly, stating that "Restrictions in cash and in the provision of fuel worsened in the second half of the year leading to a decrease in our GDP [gross domestic product] of 0.9 percent," Castro said, before adding that "despite this situation we preserved free social services like education and public health to our people."

He continued, "the Cuban economy didn't collapse or return to the energy blackouts as in most difficult moments of the Special Period."

Raul finally praised his late brother, stating "Fidel left us his imperishable example, unyielding optimism and faith in victory. We must remember him that way."

Fidel Castro passed away aged 90 in Havana on Friday, November 25, prompting emotional responses from supporters and detractors worldwide. He served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, in which time he survived geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts.