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Fidel Castro officially steps down as Cuban leader (25 images)

Fidel Castro, will officially step down as the communist party's first secretary, paving the way for the election of his brother, Raul. We look back at Fidel Castro's 45 years as leader of the island nation in this collection from the UPI archives.
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Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba's revolutionary forces, and members of his staff are pictured in the Sierra Maestra mountains on June 7, 1957. From right, Captain Juan Almeida, Captain George Sotus (both seated, right corner), Captain Crescentio Perez, Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Captain Raoul Castro, the leader's younger brother (kneeling foreground), Lieutenant Universo Sanchez, Castro's adjutant, Dr. Ernesto "Che" Guevara, official physician of the rebel army and Captain Guillermo Garcia. (UPI Photo/FILE).
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