Cuba's communist party says its in control
Castro who turn 80 on August 13 is convalescing after undergoing surgery for intestinal bleeding.
Fidel Castro speaks during a mass rally in Cordoba, Argentina, July 21, 2006. Andres Stapff/Reuters via Yahoo News.
His brother, Raul Castro, Cuba's next-in-command is effectively running the government in Fidel's absence.
His birthday celebration has been postponed until September but it may be difficult for him to fully recover by then given his age.