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Fidel Castro Laid To Rest In Cuba

People watch the cortege carrying the ashes of Cuba's former President Fidel Castro drive toward Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago on December 4.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's ashes have been interred, capping nine days of official mourning.

A private ceremony was held on December 4 at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in the city of Santiago.

Castro's cremated remains were due to be placed a few steps from the mausoleum of independence hero Jose Marti.

Castro died on Novembre 25 aged 90.

He had been out of power for a decade but never far from the center of public life, writing a periodic column on world and local matters and receiving foreign dignitaries at his home on the outskirts of Havana.

On December 3, his brother and successor, President Raul Castro, led a massive, final rally in his brother's honor at Santiago's Revolution Plaza, leading the crowd in a pledge to uphold socialist ideals.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP