Thursday, August 17, 2006

Who's the Boss?

What does this mean?

You may recall that on 31 July, Fidel Castro supposedly signed a Proclama del Comandante en Jefe al Pueblo de Cuba announcing that he was about to undergo (or had undergone) a delicate operation due to some pretty serious internal bleeding.

As a result, the man who has ruled Cuba with an iron fist for 47 long years, announced that he had "temporarily" ceded all his powers and positions to his anointed successor, Raul Castro. Including the title of Comandante en Jefe – Commander in Chief - of the Cuban armed forces, known as the FAR.

Yet, there it is on the front page of today’s Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban regime: a small item among all the other rubbish that passes for news in communist Cuba, referring to Fidel Castro as ... Comandante en Jefe. You can read it here (in Spanish).

Does this mean that Cuba now has two comandantes en jefe? Or has there been a second, hitherto secret proclamation from someone taking away the title from little brother Raul? Why? And why weren't we told?

Banana republic, anyone?


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