History will judge Fidel Castro impact - Obama

By Kwasi Adu
Fidel Castro

"History will judge the enormous impact" of Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro on the world, US President Barack Obama has said.

The death of Castro, one of the world's longest-serving leaders, was announced by his brother Raul on Friday night.

Castro came to power in 1959, and ushered in a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

He ruled Cuba as a one party state for almost half a century.

As communist regimes collapsed across the world, Castro kept the red flag flying right on the doorstep of his greatest enemy, the United States.

A divisive figure his supporters praised him as a champion of socialism, the soldier-politician who had given Cuba back to the people, but critics called him a dictator.