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Fidel Castro inaugurates school in the Cuban capital


Havana, Apr 11 (EFE).- Retired President Fidel Castro inaugurated a new school in this capital that was built at his initiative, Cuba's state media said Thursday.

Official photos of Tuesday's event showed the 86-year-old Fidel looking fit as he talked to teachers, children and construction workers.

The former head of state, who stepped down in July 2006 amid a serious illness, has made three public appearances so far this year and recently resumed writing his "Reflections" columns after a six-month hiatus.

The new education complex in Havana's Playa district was "built in barely 11 months at the initiative of Fidel," official media said.

The school is named for the late Vilma Espin, a veteran of the 1959 Cuban Revolution and wife of President Raul Castro, who succeeded ailing older brother Fidel.

Accompanying Fidel Castro at the school inauguration were Vice Presidents Ramiro Valdes and Lazara Mercedes Lopez and Interior Minister Abelardo Colome.