The condition of East German leader Erich Honecker, who underwent gall bladder surgery last month, has deteriorated badly, West German news media reported Monday. Government officials in Bonn declined comment on the reports. The ZDF television network quoted Western diplomatic sources in Hungary as saying Honecker's medical condition "has deteriorated considerably. According to information that allegedly comes from Communist Party officials, Honecker has no mental verve and no wish to get better," the network said. Honecker has been recovering from gall bladder surgery he underwent last month. West Germany's ZDF television network, citing unidentifed Communist sources, said there were indications that Honecker was "no longer fully able to reason."
By Deseret News