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Published:February 19th, 2008 01:11 EST
Castro Resigns!

Castro Resigns!

By SOP newswire

The online version of Cuba's state-owned newspaper "Granma" reports Fidel Castro has resigned as president.

Granma published a quote from Mr. Castro Tuesday saying he will not aspire to, nor accept another term as president when the country's newly-elected National Assembly meets on Sunday.

Fidel Castro has not appeared in public since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006. His brother Raul has served as acting president since then.

The 81-year-old Mr. Castro said in a letter in December that he did not want to stay in power forever. In that letter he said his duty is not to hold on to positions or block the path of younger people, but to share the experiences and ideas from his life. The Cuban leader seized power in a 1959 revolution.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.