Castro's death an opportunity for Cuba: McConnell

November 26, 2016 10:43 AM EST

Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pauses as he speaks during a new conference following party policy lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that Fidel Castro's death was an opportunity for the Cuban government to "turn the page for the good of the Cuban people," adding that freedom and democracy were overdue in the country.

"While Fidel Castro is gone, sadly the oppression that was the hallmark of his era is not," McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali, Editing by W Simon)

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