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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 (L), leader of the "26th July" revolutionary group which ousted Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon following talks in Washington April 19, 1959. (UPI Photo/FILE)
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