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Fidel says he is exhausted, made right call

HAVANA — Fidel Castro said Friday he made the right call when he called it quits, and is exhausted and overdue for a vacation.

On Tuesday, he announced he wouldn’t accept another term as Cuban president, a decision he said he doesn’t regret. “I slept better than ever,” he wrote. “My conscience was clear and I promised myself a vacation.”

Even so, he was publishing his column again just three days later, this time labeled “Reflections of Comrade Fidel” instead of “Reflections of the Commander in Chief.” State Web sites changed the column’s logo, replacing an image of Castro in olive-green fatigues with one of him in a business suit, half-smiling; his hand thrust high in a wave.

Now 81 and ailing, Castro wrote that preparations for Cuba’s new parliament to select a new government Sunday produced “days of tension” that “left me exhausted.”

On Sunday, parliament is expected to name Raul Castro to replace his brother. Fidel Castro remains head of the Communist Party.

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