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Castro Says Tea Party Leading U.S. to "Fascism"

  • In this photo downloaded from the state media Cubadebate web site, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, speaks during a meeting with students of Cuba's College Students Federation in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Chile, Cubadebate)

    In this photo downloaded from the state media Cubadebate web site, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, speaks during a meeting with students of Cuba's College Students Federation in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Chile, Cubadebate)

  • In this photo downloaded from the state media Cubadebate web site, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, speaks during a meeting with students of Cuba's College Students Federation in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Chile, Cubadebate)

    In this photo downloaded from the state media Cubadebate web site, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, speaks during a meeting with students of Cuba's College Students Federation in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Chile, Cubadebate)

Speaking to a group of  students visiting Havana, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro accused the Tea Party of leading the United States towards "fascism."

In his comments, Castro chided the United States as a "ruined nation" and derided the Tea Party as "extreme right." 

Castro also announced that health concerns had forced him to step down from his position as head of the Cuban Communist Party. 

Castro's exchange with the students was published in Granma, the state-run newspaper. 

"I got sick and did what I had to do -- delegate my powers." Granma reported.

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Castro ceded the Presidency of Cuba in 2006 after 46 years in power. He was replaced by his younger brother Raúl. 

Under both brothers, Cuba has been isolated from the international community, criticized for its lack of democratic elections and for its systematic abuse of human rights.

 

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