CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury today condemned the death of former president & communist revolutionary icon of Cuba Fidel Castro. Reacting to the media soon after the news of Castro’s death spread, Yechury said the world will surely miss the Cuban leader and he would always remain a legend and a source of inspiration.
Talking about his experience with Cuba’s iconic leader, the CPI (M) general secretary said he was fortunate to meet him at lest three-four time, but after the second time, he was scared to meet Castro because of his bombarding questions. The 90-year old former president of Cuba passed away earlier in the day, which was announced by his brother and present Cuban president Raul Castro.
Fidel Castro, who was the third longest -serving head of state, led the country for almost five decades and handed over the power to his brother in 2008. Castro occasionally appeared before public. He also wrote hundreds of columns for the official media. The ageing leader was seen in public twice in 2012 and twice in 2013. He was also seen in public on Jan. 8, 2014, at the opening of a cultural centre.
As per the United Nations website, the holds the record for the longest speech ever delivered to the UN , which went for 4 hours and 29 minutes, on September 26, 1960. His speech on February 24, 1998, after being re-elected as president was one of longest on record and went for 7 hours and 30 minutes.