Children perform an act in a school to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Cuba's late president Fidel Castro, in Havana, Cuba, November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Cuba marks the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Saturday with a week of vigils nationwide, as the island embarks on a political cycle that will end 60 years of the Castro brothers' rule. Fidel, a towering figure of the 20th century who built a Communist-run state on the doorstep of the United States and defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died aged 90 on Nov. 25 last year.Raul, 86, has said he would step down at the end of his two consecutive terms.By the time of his death, Castro had been out of the public limelight since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006, occasionally writing columns and receiving foreign dignitaries at his home.His death last year plunged Cuba into nine days of national mourning.Eduardo Torres, the director of Cuba's National Library, said there were several politicians well-placed to become president but there would never be another Fidel and the country faced a generational transition.
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