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Fidel Castro dead: World leaders, politicians react to former Cuban president's passing

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president, died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at age 90. Castro's brother made a television announcement following his death.

"Ever onward, to victory," he said, using the slogan of the Cuban revolution.

Castro, who led the Cuban revolutionary movement, had been ill since 2006. Some world leaders, including the former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Russia's Vladimir Putin, have released statements expressing their condolences. In contrast, some Cubans living in America and other officials say his death marks the passing of a "tyrant."

See how Castro is being remembered.

Mike Pence

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"The tyrant #Castro is dead. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba. Viva Cuba Libre!" Vice President-elect Mike Pence tweeted.

Barack Obama

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"At this time of Fidel Castro's passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people," President Obama said in a statement.

Justin Trudeau

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"Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation," Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis told President Raul Castro that his
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Pope Francis told President Raul Castro that his brother's passing was "sad news." "I express to you my sentiments of grief," he said.

President-elect Donald Trump

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"Fidel Castro is dead!" President-elect Donald Trump tweeted.

Russian president Vladimir Putin

Castro was an
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Castro was an "inspiring example for many countries," Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in a telegram to Castro's brother.

Jimmy Carter

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he and
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, "remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country." The couple visited Cuba in 2002, long after Carter left office.

Alexis Tsipras

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted:
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted: "Goodbye, commandante. Until the peoples' eternal victory."

Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping said, in a telegram,
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Chinese President Xi Jinping said, in a telegram, that Castro "made immortal historical contributions to the development of socialism around the world."

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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"A tyrant is dead and a new beginning can dawn on the last remaining communist bastion of the Western Hemisphere," U.S. Congress representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement.

Mikhail Gorbachev

The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail
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The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, released this statement to Interfax news agency: "Fidel held his ground and strengthened his country at the time of the harshest American blockade, at the time of massive pressure on him. Nevertheless he led out his country from the blockade to the path of self-sustained and independent development."

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