Tuesday 23 December 2014

Poland's last communist leader dies

Published 25/05/2014 | 17:07

Gen Wojciech Jaruzelski has died aged 90, a spokesman said (AP)
Gen Wojciech Jaruzelski has died aged 90, a spokesman said (AP)

Poland's last communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died at the age of 90, a military hospital spokesman said.

Spokesman Grzegorz Kade said Gen Jaruzelski died in the hospital, where he suffered a stroke earlier this month. He was previously treated for cancer.

Gen Jaruzelski died on Sunday just days before Poland marked 25 years since the crucial parliamentary election in which Poles voted against the country's communist rulers and in support of the Solidarity freedom movement that soon formed Poland's first democratic government in over four decades.

On December 13, 1981, Gen Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland against the wishes of the nationwide pro-democratic Solidarity union. Solidarity eventually prevailed, ousting the communists from power in 1989 election.

Gen Jaruzelski is survived by his wife Barbara and a daughter Monika.

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