Fidel Castro steps down

Fidel CastroAfter nearly 50 years in charge of Cuba, Fidel Castro is stepping down as leader of the country, citing his continued ill health as the main reason why he won’t accept another 5 year term as President.

The official announcement was made in the early hours on the website of the Cuban government – although as it is illegal for Cubans to have an internet connection in their homes, it may take some time for the news to filter through to many Cubans.

For more on the study of Cuba in the UK, you may wish to try:

The International Institute for the Study of Cuba at London Metropolitan University is an initiative by a team of UK located academics, specialists and consultants with the object of providing an in-depth and focused appraisal of the Cuban ‘Social Experience’ as it approaches and undergoes another period of major change.

The Cuba Research Forum (formerly the Forum for the Study of Cuba – FSC) and the Hennessy Collection are based at the University of Nottingham, in the Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies.

The Institute for the Study of the Americas promotes, coordinates and provides a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas – Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States – in the University of London

Intute: Social Sciences features more resources on the issues of Cuba and Castro, as well as a specific section on Cuba and International Relations.

There are more resources on Cuba from the Arts, Sciences and Health sections of Intute and basic information in our World Guide on Cuba.