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Ex-Polish President and Nobel laureate Lech Walesa tests Covid-positive

Walesa has suffered from ill health in recent years and underwent a heart operation in 2021.



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By Reuters

Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 6:54 PM

Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and Solidarity trade union leader who played a leading role in the fall of Communism, has coronavirus, he said on Friday.

Originally a shipyard electrician in the northern port city of Gdansk, Walesa became a symbol of the historic changes that ended the Cold War, leading the Solidarity trade union movement which brought about the switch to a free-market economy in 1989.

“I can’t believe it ... I am infected,” the Nobel Peace Prize laureate wrote on Facebook.

Walesa, 78, has suffered from ill health in recent years and underwent a heart operation in 2021.

Walesa served as president from 1990 to 1995, the first leader of post-Communist Poland.

In recent years he was a staunch critic of Poland’s ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS), who in turn have been deeply critical of the transition from Communism to a free-market economy that Walesa led.


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