NEWS – CUBA
Fidel Castro: 2 leaders undone by ‘honey of power’
Castro’s decision to oust powerful officials close to his brother Fidel raises questions both about who will succeed him and how the biggest government shake-up since he took power a year ago will impact U.S.-Cuba relations.
HAVANA — Fidel Castro said Tuesday that two of his closest lieutenants had become seduced by “the honey of power,” and hinted that they were demoted because their angling for leadership roles in a post-Castro Cuba had become unseemly.
That was almost certainly a reference to Felipe Perez Roque, out as foreign minister, and Vice President Carlos Lage, who was removed from his post as Cabinet secretary.
“The honey of power, for which they had not sacrificed at all, awoke in them ambitions that led to an undignified role,” he wrote.
“The external enemy was filled with illusions for them.”
Foreign analysts have often described Lage, 57, and Perez Roque, 43, as potential leaders of Cuba once 82-year-old Fidel and 77-year-old Raul Castro leave the scene.
PARA LEER ESTA NOTICIA EN ESPANOL PRESIONE EL TITULO BAJO LA FECHA ”DOS BAJAS INESPERADAS’