The Mass Butcher Castro Dead at 90
'Good riddance Fidel Castro!'

What next for Cuba?

A call has been mounted for US sanctions against Cuba to be lifted 'definitively', following the death of Fidel Castro.

World leaders have said the Communist heavyweight's death at the age of 90 should spell a new era for the island.

Speaking at a summit in Madagascar today, French President Francois Hollande said today that the ongoing embargo by the US 'punishes' Cuba and should be lifted once and for all.

Former Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro's death is likely to open a new era for the island
A banner filled with images of Fidel Castro hangs on a government building in Havana, Cuba, today

He said: 'On the occasion of Fidel Castro's death I want again to say that the embargo which punishes Cuba should be lifted definitively.'

The US severed diplomatic ties in 1961, banning all exports to Cuba except for food and medicine. 

Castro, who stepped aside 10 years ago, remained hostile to Washington throughout his life.

As US president Barack Obama moved to heal relations with Havana, Castro responded: 'We don't need the empire to give us anything.'

Thus far President-elect Donald Trump's only public reaction has been a tweet which simply says: 'Fidel Castro is dead!' 

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