Life of Fidel Castro in pictures

The former prime minister and president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, governed the Republic of Cuba as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as president from 1976 to 2008. In images
  • In this 26 February 1957 file photo, Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro stands in an unknown location in Cuba. AP
  • Castro autographs a book in a June 1972 picture during his visit to East Berlin in the former German Democratic Republic. AP
  • Castro chats with Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez (right) during a gala dinner marking the Havana Festival celebrating Cuban cigars, on 4 March 2000. Reuters
  • Castro, (right), reviews troops during his visit to Leuna, formerly the German Democratic Republic in this June 1972 picture. AP
  • Castro (center) holding a cigar, stands with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, (center left), outside Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York on 20 September 1960. Castro was in the US during his first visit to the United Nations after coming to power. AP
  • Former US President Jimmy Carter and then Cuban President Fidel Castro (right) listen to the Cuban national anthem at the baseball stadium “Latinoamericano” in Havana on 14 May 2002. Reuters
  • Castro relaxes in a swimming pool during a visit to Romania on 28 May 1972. Reuters
  • Castro (centre) wearing a Viet Cong hat and checkered scarf, samples root fibers, the staple food of Vietnamese living in the underground tunnel network during the Vietnam War, in Vietnam in this 11 December 1995 picture. AP
  • Castro (left) is seen during a hunting trip in Romania in this May 1972 picture. Reuters
  • Then Cuban Prime Minister Castro smokes a cigar during interviews with the press during a visit of US senator Charles McGovern, in Havana in this May 1975 picture. Reuters
  • Castro plays golf at the Colinas de Villa real club in Havana, Cuba. AP
  • Then Cuban president Castro laughs during the year-end session of the Cuban parliament in Havana in this 23 December 2005 picture. Reuters
Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, Fidel Castro made Cuba a one-party socialist state; industry and business were nationalised, and state socialist reforms implemented throughout society.