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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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Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) is pictured meeting with Nicaragua's then newly-elected President Daniel Ortega is a January 11, 1985 file photo in Timal, Nicaragua. Castro was in Nicaragua to donate materials and labor to help boost Nicaragua's sugar production. (UPI Photo/FILE)
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