Live: Cuba decrees nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died late Friday in Havana aged 90, his brother, President Raul Castro, announced on national television. Follow all the latest reactions to Castro’s death in FRANCE 24’s live blog.

• Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron will, becoming a central figure in the Cold War.
• Castro had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006, and he formally ceded power to his younger brother two years later.
• The streets were quiet in Havana while in Miami, where many exiles from the Communist government live, a large crowd gathered waving flags and cheering.
• Castro’s remains will be cremated, according to his wishes. His brother said details of his funeral would be given on Saturday.