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Fidel Castro Surprises at Cuba Parliament Opening

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Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance at the opening session of the National Assembly in Havana.

Assembly members gave Mr. Castro a standing ovation as he arrived alongside his brother, President Raul Castro, who is expected to be named to a new five-year term.

The 81-year-old president raised speculation Friday about a possible retirement suggesting that he had plans to resign at some point.

Mr. Castro, who replaced his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, has called for two five-year terms for Communist Party and government leaders. This would be his second term in office.

During his first term, Mr. Castro presided over a limited reforms that included the gradual easing of restrictions on travel and personal property.

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