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Cuban Parliament Says Bush Wants Castro Eliminated


Cuba's National Assembly has passed a resolution that accuses the Bush administration of wanting to eliminate Fidel Castro.

The National Assembly took action Friday, one day after President Bush made a public comment about the Cuban leader's eventual death.

Mr. Bush said at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island Thursday that "one day, the good Lord will take Fidel Castro away."

Audience members laughed, but President Bush said, "no, no, no" to quiet the crowd.

The president said the real issue is what Cuba will be like without Mr. Castro leading the nation as he has for nearly 50 years.

President Castro responded to the comments by writing in the ruling Communist Party newspaper, Granma, Friday that "the good Lord" has protected him from attempts on his life.

Mr. Castro turns 81 in August. He has not been seen in public since July 2006, when he underwent abdominal surgery. His brother, Raul, has been serving as acting president.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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