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CUBA'S OUTLOOK UNCERTAIN WITH CASTRO'S DEPARTURE
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By ANTHONY DePALMA c.2008 New York Times News Service HAVANA -- Fidel Castro, bedridden for 19 months, on Tuesday gave up the almost unlimited power he has wielded in Cuba for nearly 50 years, but whether the surprise announcement represented a historic change or a symbolic political maneuver remained unclear. 아바나 – 19 개월간 병상에서 지내온 피델 카스트로가 20일 근 50 년간 쿠바를 다스리면서 휘둘러온 거의 무한한 권력을 내놓겠다고 선언했다. 그러나 돌발적인 그러한 발표가 역사적인 변화를 의미하는지 또는 상징적인 정치적 제스처인지는 분명치 않다. It is expected that his brother Raul, 76, will be officially named president, and some experts consider him more pragmatic. Raul Castro has talked about bringing more accountability to government and of possibly working to improve relations with the United States. But since taking over temporarily in the summer of 2006, he has largely operated in his brother's shadow, and, except for facilitating huge foreign investment by Canadian and European resort developers here, he has brought about little change. 그의 동생인 라울 (76세)이 공식적으로 대통령으로 임명될 것으로 예상되고 있으며, 일부 전문가들은 라울이 피델에 비하면 실용주의적이라고 말하고 있다. 라울 카스트로는 정부가 행정에 대해 책임을 더 잘 밝히는 방향으로 나갈 것과 미국과의 관계 개선을 위한 노력을 할 것에 언급한 적이 있다. 그러나 2006년 여름부터 임시로 직무 대행을 하면서도, 그는 대체로 형의 그늘 아래서 일해 왔으며, 캐나다와 유럽의 리조트 개발업자들의 대규모 외국 투자를 유치한 것을 제외하고는, 아무런 변화도 가져온 것이 없다. Under Cuba's Constitution, a newly chosen legislative body, called the National Assembly, is scheduled to select a 31-member Council of State on Sunday. In turn, the new council will pick the next president. Fidel Castro said he would not accept the position. In a letter read over radio and television programs across the country, the 81-year-old Castro -- who has appeared frail in the few videos released by the Cuban government -- was said to be too ill to continue as head of state and would not stand in the way of others who were ready to take over. Experts on Cuban politics say the decision on a successor remains in the hands of the Castro brothers and their inner circle, many of whom hold positions in the Cabinet. Still, others said that it was possible that a younger president could be brought in or that the posts of prime minister and president could be divided between Raul and one of the ministers. It was not clear what role, if any, Fidel would play in a new government, or whether he would retain other powerful positions, including head of the Communist Party. But he signaled that he was not yet ready to completely exit the stage. "I am not saying goodbye to you," said Castro in the letter written under his name and addressed to the Cuban people. "I only wish to fight as soldier of ideas." In Tuesday's letter, Castro said he had declined to step down earlier to avoid dealing a blow to the Cuban government before the people were ready for a traumatic change "in the middle of the battle" with the United States over control of the country's future. (ⓒ 2008The New York Times) (ⓒ 2008 usabriefing.net)
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