Fidel Castro Burial: Mugabe, Uhuru joins world leaders attending the burial ceremony of Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro Burial
Mugabe, Uhuru joins world leaders attending the burial ceremony of Fidel Castro

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  • George Tubei

World leaders from all corners of the earth are expected to converge in Havana, Cuba on Sunday to pay their last respects to one of the most divisive figures in the 20th century.


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A picture of Cuban former president Fidel Castro hangs in front of the Cuban National Library at Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba (Channel NewsAsia)

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World leaders from all corners of the earth are expected to converge in Havana, Cuba on Sunday to pay their last respects to one of the most divisive figures in the 20th century.

Castro who died on Friday was cremated on Saturday as per his last wishes, followed by nine days of mourning, during which the Cuban revolutionary leader remains would be displayed at memorials stretching from Havana to Santiago de Cuba.

On Sunday the last remains (ashes) of the colorful leader will be buried at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia.

Also read : 10 THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT FIDEL CASTRO


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Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) shakes hands with Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe 12 September, 2005 at the State Council in Havana. (Gettyimages)

 

A host of African leaders are expected to attend Castro burial, the towering Marxist leader was a friend in deed for the African continent and made several forays into the continent supporting its quest for independence.

In the 1970s, for instance he sent Cuban troops to Angola to support a left-wing government. Cuba also helped defeat South African insurgents in Angola and win Namibia’s independence from South Africa in 1990, He also piled pressure on the apartheid regime to release Nelson Mandela.


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Robert Mugabe being seen off by his two deputies last night as he flew to Havana to attend Fidel Castro burial (herald)

 

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe president left Harare for Havana yesterday night, Equatorial Guinea ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema is also expected to fly to Havana for the burial.

South African president, Jacob Zuma and Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta have all confirmed will attend the ceremony.


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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his South African counterpart President Jacob Zuma who are both expected to attend Fidel castro burial (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

 

Internationally, Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras is the only European leader whose attendance was confirmed by the Cuban government according to AFP.


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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (Hürriyet Daily News)

 

Latin American countries leaders, Correa of Ecuador, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Venezuela leader, Nicolas Maduro have all confirmed they will join their Latin brothers in morning.


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Columbia president Juan Manuel Santos (elpolitico)

 

Barack Obama has not yet released any information if he will attend the burial since White house have not revealed who will lead the US delegation. Germany, Canada Spain will all send representatives to represent their respective leaders.

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