New Video of Castro Released

Via the BBC: Cuba shows new images of Castro

Cuban TV has shown brief video images of President Fidel Castro meeting the head of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Nong Duc Manh.

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These were the first video images for four months.

He is shown in a tracksuit, standing, and appearing less frail than in previous official images – and fit enough to give his guest a warm hug.

Of more significance:

Many Cubans assume that that is the way things will remain, with Fidel Castro in an elder statesman role, far less visible than he has been for most of his 48-year rule of Cuba.

As such, the transition away from Castro is underway, and perhaps already 3/4th complete. The next key moment will be when the rest of the leadership linked directly with the Revolution dies off.

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Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter