Brandt bids socialists farewell

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The Independent Online
BERLIN (AFP) - Willy Brandt, the former West German chancellor, bade farewell from his deathbed yesterday to the Socialist International, the federation of democratic socialist parties he has led for 16 years. Mr Brandt, 78, is suffering from intestinal cancer.

In a speech read by Hans- Jochen Vogel at the opening of the organisation's congress, Mr Brandt handed over the leadership to Pierre Mauroy, the former French prime minister.