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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 (C), poses with Konstantin Chernenko (L) and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev (R) in Moscow in a February 26, 1981 file photo. (UPI/File)
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