Cuba’s state media has released the first photographs of former president Fidel Castro in nearly six months in a bid to quiet rumors that the 88-year-old former president is in poor health.
The images show Castro at his home along with his wife Dalia during a meeting with the leader of a students’ union, and were published in the state-run newspaper Granma and other official media.
The article accompanying the photos said the meeting took place January 23.The images come after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the Cuban revolutionary leader’s medical condition after he appeared to disappear from the public eye. In fact, swirling rumors of Castro’s demise have cropped up often since he stepped down from office during a health crisis in 2006.
The last time he was seen in public was January 8, 2014, when he attended an art gallery opening near his home.