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Don't celebrate Castro legacy: Tony Abbott

AAP logoAAP 26/11/2016

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott © AAP Image Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Former prime minister Tony Abbott has unleashed a scathing attack on the legacy of Cuban leader Fidel Castro who died on Saturday.

Mr Abbott described him as a brutal dictator who killed thousands of people and reduced his country to poverty, while being an enemy of both US and western values, as well as human decency.

"Frankly his legacy is a bad one ... and not one that should be celebrated in anyway," Mr Abbott told Sky News on Sunday.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann acknowledged Castro was a significant but controversial figure of the 20th century.

"The policies and actions he pursued, in our judgment, weren't in the best interests of the Cuban people," he told ABC TV.

"Certainly his hostility towards the West, in particular the United States, we believe imposed significant hardship on the Cuban people."

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