Fidel Castro opens school in rare public appearance

Havana, April 12 (IANS) Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro opened a school in Havana in a rare public appearance since his retirement in 2006, the official Granma daily reported.

Castro, 86, spoke for two hours with the students and teachers at the school about climate change, weapons of mass destruction, economic crisis, high fuel prices and many other issues, reported Granma Thursday.

“In these circumstances, life on earth is difficult,” he was quoted as saying.

It was Castro’s idea to build the 140-student facility in a Havana district, reported Xinhua citing Granma.

Castro was last seen in public Feb 24 at a parliament session that named the new head of government.

Castro handed over power to his brother Raul Castro in 2006 for health reasons.

A Venezuelan journalist who said he interviewed Fidel Castro for four hours March 31, described the former Cuban leader as “vigorous, healthy, lucid, intelligent, throwing out endless figures and measures, names and situations”.

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