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Fidel Castro complains of ill health during rare interview

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Retired Cuban President Fidel Castro complained of a bad knee, weak eyesight and difficulty adjusting to changes in light during a lengthy interview session with state-run media published Tuesday.

The 86-year-old revolutionary icon also praised Cuban election officials for building a new entrance to his polling site, eliminating the need for him to climb stairs, which he indicated had been difficult since a fall in 2004.

"I asked various people who work with me the number of steps and the height of the stairway at the entrance," Castro said in an informal back-and-forth with several Cuban journalists conducted on Feb. 3, the day he cast a ballot in a legislative election. "My shattered knee ... has taken its toll."

Castro is rarely seen in public, and more rarely still speaks about Cuban affairs.

While his appearance at the voting station had been reported earlier, the majority of his comments had not.

Tuesday's edition of the Communist Party daily Granma transcribes the entire encounter over five full pages, and reports that the transcript has been "revised and updated by the interviewee."


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