Sunday, February 24, 2008

This Just In: In Startling Upset Cuba Names Raul Castro President

"Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by Cuba's National Assembly.

Fidel Castro stepped down last week after nearly half a century in charge. Raul has in effect been president since Fidel had major surgery in July 2006.

It is understood that he was the only nominee in a vote seen as a formality.

But the real shock came when he chose 78-year-old Politburo hardliner Machado Ventura as vice-president, says the BBC's Michael Voss in Havana."

Beg pardon? Real "shock"?

To whom, pray tell?

An alien visitor from the Orion Nebulae?

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