Forms of Government and Leadership: Fidel Castro

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Forms of Government and Leadership: Fidel Castro

FORMS OF GOVERNMENT AND LEADERSHIPCountry CubaDictator's Name Fidel Alejandro Castro RuzPolitical Party Cuban Communist PartyLength of Rule 1959 - 2011 Prime Minister of Cuba : 1959 - 1976 President : 1976 - 2008 Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces: 1959 - 2008 First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba: 1961 - 2011 Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement: 1979 - 1983 ; 2006 - 2008What type of leader is he? Authoritarian because he is the only one who has power to make decisions (dictatorship). How was power obtained or seized? He was once a candidate for Congress for Cuban People's Party and he was the favourite. However, General Fulgencio Batista took control of the country with the help of the armed forces. Fidel Castro with 123 revolutionaries attacked Moncada Army Barracks and failed. He was in prison for 2 years. After he got out, he planned to overthrown Batista again. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Juan Almeida, and 80 other rebels arrived in Cuba in 1956.* He came in power the 1st of January 1959.How is power maintained? Fidel Castro was a dictator. He used his power and the military to stay in power. Also, his alliance with the Soviet Union forbids other country to attack Cuba. How are decisions made in the country? Since Fidel Castro is an authoritarian, he does not consider the opinions of other people. He is bossy. He makes his decision alone. For instance, he wanted to build a revolutionary new society based on socialism. By then, casinos were down, rents are 50%, and industries were under state control. Is any group mistreated/ exploited by the government? If so how? As a dictator, Fidel Castro had made a lot of decisions that citizens do not agree with. Also, the fact that he preceded General Fulgencio Batista made an opposition to the people who were on Batista's side. Refugees and those in favour of Batista moved to US. Castro might have not been satisfying them or putting them through a lot of hardships. Did anyone globally or locally oppose the mistreatment? What was done? The Cuban exiles themselves formed an underground movement to invade Cuba.

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