Frail Deng Xiaoping Appears in Public

<i> Associated Press</i>

Senior leader Deng Xiaoping made his first public appearance since July, voting Wednesday in citywide elections in the capital. The 86-year-old leader, believed to be suffering from cancer, appeared frail.

Deng was shown on state television moving steadily but a bit shakily to the voter registration table. His daughter held his arm as he walked to the ballot box and dropped in his ballot. However, the official New China News Agency described Deng as walking vigorously to the polling station in Beijing.