KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Senator Bob Corker issued a statement Saturday afternoon in reaction to the death of former Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro.
“Under Fidel Castro’s brutal and oppressive dictatorship, the Cuban people have suffered politically and economically for decades, and it is my hope that his passing might turn the page toward a better way of life for the many who have dreamed of a brighter future for their country,” said Corker.
Fidel Castro died Friday at 7 p.m. The dictator, who ruled Cuba from 1959 to 2008, was 90 years old.
Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century before handing over the powers to his brother Raul in 2008. He last appeared in public in April, closing the twice-a-decade congress of the Communist Party with a call for Cuba to stick to its socialist ideals amid ongoing normalization with the U.S.