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Weekly Report - 3 July 2008 (ISSN 1741-7422)

Split in Cuba's Communist Party?

Fidel Castro last week pronounced a remarkable eulogy of his brother Raúl and the reforms he has carried out since assuming the presidency of Cuba. It was remarkable because Fidel has been reticent about Raúl's performance and at times openly critical of some of the reforms he has implemented. Fidel also denied that there is a schism in the Communist party or that he heads a faction within it. The fact that he felt compelled to issue this denial suggests that at the very least there is real tension within the party.

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