Funeral plan for Fidel Castro set up as the world gives mixed reactions
As Cubans observe nine-days of mourning following the death of their legendary leader Fidel Castro at the age of 90 last Saturday, they will see their leader's ashes be taken a cross-country tour from Havana to Santiago retracing in reverse the route Castro assumed power in 1959.
His ashes will be interred in a cemetery in Santiago, on December 4, 2016. Castro grew up and attended a school there as a youth.
Some of the world's leftist leaders are planning to attend the funeral, including the Jeremy Corbyn, UK's Labour Party leader, and Ireland's Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. People, however, are wondering whether US president Barack Obama will attend the funeral. As of November 27, 2016, no official announcement was made on who will represent the US.
US President-elect Donald Trump is one of the world's leaders who cheered the socialist leader's death as stated on his Twitter "Fidel Castro is dead!" Castro's sister, who is Miami, Juanita Castro also won't attend her brother funeral, as she is against her brother's authoritarian rule. Juanita has been living in Miami for 51 years and stated her commitment to standing by Cuban exiles despite feeling the loss of a sibling, as NBC reported.
Castro took over the presidency after ousting the military dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. He transformed the tiny Caribbean state into a socialist country. He survived over 600 assassination attempts and survived 10 US Presidents, earning him praise from his leftist Latin American counterparts. Castro was known for strongly opposing US intervention in the Caribbean, as CNN writes
As US President Barack Obama normalized ties with Cuba, the relationship between the two countries is questioned after Donald Trump is elected as the new President of the US. If Trump canceled what Obama has done, this will bring the relationship back to the past 50 years, .