June 18, 2008

Ailing Fidel Castro Appears on TV

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared on television for the first time in five months.

The ailing Castro was seen Tuesday on a video shown on state-run television speaking with his younger brother and current Cuban leader Raul Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Granma newspaper reported online.

The 81-year-old Fidel turned over authority to his brother Raul in July 2006 after announcing he was suffering from an undisclosed gastro-intestinal illness. He was last seen on TV in mid-January of this year and Raul was made Cuba's official leader in February.