Fidel Castro, Cuba’s [9 Across] president and leader of the Communist revolution, [6 Across] died aged 90, his brother Raul has announced.
“The commander in chief of the [13 Down] revolution died at 22:29 [19 Across] this evening,” President [12 Across] Castro said.
Fidel Castro [10 Down] Cuba as a one-party [11 Across] for almost 50 years before Raul took [20 Down] in 2008.
His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. But he [4 Across] also accused of suppressing opposition.
Ashen and grave, President Castro [24 Across] the nation in a late night broadcast on state television that Fidel Castro had [14 Down] and would be [13 Across] on Saturday.
[21 Across] would now be several [1 Down] of national mourning on the [15 Across].
Barring the occasional newspaper column, Fidel Castro [22 Down] essentially been retired from political [3 Down] for some time.
In April, Fidel Castro [8 Down] a rare speech on the final day of the country’s Communist [18 Down] congress.
He acknowledged his advanced [7 Down] but said Cuban communist concepts were still valid and the Cuban [17 Across] “will be victorious”.
“I’ll [5 Down] be 90,” the former president said, adding that this was “something I’d [16 Down] imagined”.
“Soon I’ll be like all the others, “to [2 Across] our turn must [23 Across],” Fidel Castro said.
SOURCE: BBC News