Cubans prepare to pay tribute to the founder of the Communist-ruled state, Fidel Castro, as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Diane Hodges reports.
Fidel Castro, one of the founders of Cuba's Communist government, is turning 90 years old. In a speech to the Cuban Communist party congress last April, he said it was a milestone he never expected to reach. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FORMER PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO SAYING: "Soon I will turn 90 years old. Such an idea never occurred to me and never was the result of effort, it was sheer chance. But the ideas of Cuban Communists remain." Castro ruled Cuba from 1959 until 2006, when ill health forced him to step down, and hand over control to his younger brother, Raul. Even though he's rarely seen now, he still ranks high in the hearts of his countrymen and women. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN HOUSEWIFE, YALIL PRAI BAEZ, SAYING: "For me, Fidel is like my grandfather. It makes me happy that my grandfather is turning 90. It is an achievement." Cubans are going into overdrive to pay tribute to that this weekend. Flags dotted around Havana read "Thank you, Fidel", and billboards carry his best-known phrases, as the man, and his legacy, carry on.