Fidel Castro, shown in an undated file photo, took power in Cuba in 1959 and reigned with an iron hand.
Washington (AP) Two U.S. lawmakers are downplaying the significance of Fidel Castro’s resignation.
Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami-area republican who was born in Havana, says Castro’s resignation is irrelevant because his regime has already “done great harm to the suffering Cuban people.”
She says people in Cuba want freedom to vote in multi-party elections and “freedom to express their dissent from the oppressive regime.”
New Jersey senator Robert Menendez, who is of Cuban descent, says Castro’s resignation is not cause for celebration because it Is “the replacement of one dictator with another.”