The former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, has died at the aged of 90.
News of his death was released on national television by his younger brother who is currently the president of Cuba. With a shaking voice, president Raul Castro said his brother died at 10.29pm on Friday. He ended his speech by shouting the revolutionary slogan: “Toward victory, always!”
World leaders have been sending in their tributes for the former Cuban revolutionary.
President Barack Obama said the United States is extending “a hand of friendship to the Cuban people”. Obama improved relations between the US and Cuba with a historic visit in March earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump said that Castro was a ‘brutal dictator’ who ‘oppressed his own people.
The South African president Jacob Zuma praised Castro for supporting the country’s struggle against apartheid.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet Union leader had nothing but praise for him.
“Fidel stood up and strengthened his country during the harshest American blockade, when there was colossal pressure on him.
“He still took his country out of this blockade to a path of independent development”, Mr Gorbachev said.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin has hailed Castro as the “symbol of an era”. Putin also said Mr Castro was “a sincere and reliable friend of Russia”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged flaws within Castro’s rule but hailed him as a “champion of social justice”.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone called Castro an “absolute giant of the 20th century”.
The bearded revolutionary survived a crippling US trade embargo as well as dozens of assassination plots. He died eight years after ill health forced him to formally hand power over to Raul.
He overcame imprisonment at the hands of dictator Fulgencio Batista, exile in Mexico and a disastrous start to his rebellion.
The late Castro triumphantly rode into Havana in January 1959 to become, at age 32, the youngest leader in Latin America.
For decades, he served as an inspiration and source of support to revolutionaries from Latin America to Africa.