SANTIAGO - Cuba's ailing leader Fidel Castro, not seen
in public since surgery nearly six months ago, is on the mend, his son and
namesake Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart told local media during a visit to Chile, the
El Mercurio newspaper reported on Sunday.
"He's getting better, better, I see him improving," Castro Junior, also known
as "Fidelito" because of how much he looks like his father, said after the
inauguration of a scientific center in southern Chile on Saturday.
Fidel Castro Diaz Balart, son of Cuba's President Fidel
Castro, talks with the media as he attends the opening ceremony of the
Valdivia's new Scientific Studies Center in Valdivia city, some 839 km
(521 miles) south of Santiago, January 13, 2007. [Reuters]
There have been scant reports on Castro's health in recent months, since the
Cuban leader, now 80, ceded power temporarily to his brother Raul Castro on July
31 after emergency surgery.
His son said on Saturday that the Cuban leader was in a "positive and
The younger Castro, a physicist who studied in the ex-Soviet Union, did not
comment further on his father's health.
Local media described him as being relaxed and with only
one body guard as he sipped a cocktail after the event, which was attended top
scientists and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.