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Cuba’s Fidel Castro Publishes Article After 4 Months of Silence

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Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro published a column in the state-run Granma newspaper today, his first public statement in four months.

The letter, signed by Castro yesterday, congratulated a Cuban medical clinic for 50 years of service. Since handing over power to his brother Raul in 2006, Castro has mostly remained out of public view and was last seen meeting Pope Benedict XVI, who visited the communist island in March.

Instead of speeches, Castro writes columns in state-run media known as “Reflections,” which have grown more infrequent over the past year.

His last letter was published on June 19. Castro has not publicly congratulated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on his re-election victory, sparking renewed speculation that his health is failing.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Sabo in Panama City at esabo1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.

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