CUBA: Castro Takes Over

Somewhat sooner than expected, Fidel Castro last week took over direct control of the Cuban government. Premier Jose Miro Cardona resigned, along with his Cabinet. Assuming the premiership. Castro quit as commander of the armed forces, giving that job to his ice-eyed brother Raul, 27.

The move, said Fidel Castro, "distressed'' him, but it was "necessary for the good of the revolution." It put him only a step away from the presidency, now held by his hand-picked choice, Manuel Urrutia. There were signs that Castro, who is 32, might move up to Urrutia's job before too long. Under the Cuban constitution,...

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