Fidel Castro hints at retirement

Other News Materials 18 December 2007 04:33 (UTC +04:00)

Cuba's ailing communist leader, Fidel Castro, has said he has a duty not to hold on to power or obstruct the rise of younger people.

Correspondents say the statement read on state TV is the first suggestion that the 81-year-old president may give up his position in Cuba's leadership.

Last year he handed over power to his brother Raul on a temporary basis.

Since then, he has not made a public appearance - although the government has released pictures of Mr Castro.