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Fidel Castro photo shows him looking healthier

The photo, in which Cuba's former president appears more robust than in other photos since his 2006 surgery, was taken 'very recently,' an exhibit curator says.

August 13, 2009|Associated Press

HAVANA — Cuba has unveiled what it says is a recent photo of former President Fidel Castro, showing him looking healthier than in other pictures since he underwent emergency surgery three years ago.

The photograph is the centerpiece of an exhibit that opened Wednesday dedicated to the former leader. His 83rd birthday is today.

Curator Arturo Suarez said the large image was taken by Castro's son Alex, who he said is a professional photographer. Wearing a blue baseball cap, a white sports jacket and black shirt, Castro looks better than in other shots that have shown him looking gaunt since he gave up the presidency.

The close-up portrait was taken "very recently," Suarez said. He didn't give the date or other details.

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