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US Official: Cuba’s Raul Castro Has Support Of Military January 11, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, World News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–A senior U.S. intelligence official said Thursday that acting Cuban President Raul Castro has the support and respect of military leaders who will be crucial in determining a permanent successor to ailing President Fidel Castro.

Army Lieutenant General Michael D. Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Raul Castro, named temporary president last July, is firmly in control and “will likely maintain power and stability after Fidel Castro dies, at least for the short-term.”

Maples testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on national security threats.

The ailing 80-year-old Castro has not been seen in public since July 26, five days before he ceded power to his brother Raul to recover from intestinal surgery. Despite uncertainty about the future of Cuba, the island’s Communist Party retains firm control.

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