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In pictures: Reaction to Castro handover

Spokesman Carlos Valenciaga reads Castro's statement on TV on Monday

Long-time Cuban leader Fidel Castro is temporarily handing over power to his brother as he has surgery, his spokesman Carlos Valenciaga told the nation in a TV statement.

Cars flood onto the streets in Hialeah, Florida

As the news spread, Cuban expatriates took to the streets of Little Havana, a traditional home of Cuban exiles in Miami, Florida, to celebrate.

A reveller in a Castro mask, Hialeah, Florida

Many mocked Castro, the man they accuse of being a ruthless dictator. Some speculated the 79-year-old had died.

Couple ride in a convertible in the streets of Hialeah, Florida

Others proclaimed they were the true Cuban patriots.

Pick-up truck rides the streets of Hialeah, Florida

The party went on into the early hours.

Cuban family watches the TV statement

The reaction was more muted in Cuba, although correspondents said the news would come as a shock to the majority, who have known only Castro as their leader.

Cubans mark the Moncada barracks assault last Wednesday, 26 July

Just days ago, Castro addressed thousands of flag-waving Cubans on the anniversary of the 1953 Moncada barracks assault which sparked the Cuban revolution.

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