Bleeding from the gut…

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has temporarily ceded his presidential power to brother R?ul Castro due to illness, according to Cuban national television.

The unprecedented announcement came in a communique read over state television. It said that Fidel Castro would be undergoing surgery.

The precise nature of that surgery was not immediately known, but the announcement said that Castro suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding.

The statement read by Carlos Valenciaga, Castro’s secretary, attributed the ailment to stress from recent public appearances in Cuba and Argentina, but the situation appeared serious.

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