Cuban president Fidel Castro made an appearance in a Havana hotel over the weekend and published an article Monday, quashing rumours that the elderly leader is on his deathbed or already dead.
Jaua also held up a snapshot of a smiling Castro posing with hotel staff, providing further proof that Castro is still around.
Just in case that wasn’t enough evidence, the state-run website Cubadebate published an article on Monday morning written by Castro himself.
“I don’t even remember what a headache is,” Castro writes in the Spanish article.
Photos accompanying the article show the leader reading a recent newspaper and walking in a garden with the aid of a cane.
Prior to this, the last two Castro sightings were on March 28, when Pope Benedict XVI visited Cuba, and on April 5 when Castro met briefly with with Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo.
His long disappearance from the public eye, combined with a failure to release a statement about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s re-election in October, has fuelled rumours about Castro’s death.
Raul Castro took over leadership from his brother in 2006.