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Poland's Lech Walesa Hospitalized


Lech Walesa was postcommunist Poland's first popularly elected president and won the Nobel peace prize in 1983.

Lech Walesa was postcommunist Poland's first popularly elected president and won the Nobel peace prize in 1983.

Lech Walesa, the anticommunist dissident who founded Solidarity in Poland, has been hospitalized in his hometown of Gdansk.

Doctors said the 67-year-old Walesa has been hospitalized with a fever and gastric problems.

The deputy director of the Gdansk hospital said Walesa was in stable condition and he believed that the hospitalization would not be long.

Solidarity -- the communist bloc's first independent trade-union -- under Walesa's leadership in the 1980s helped bring down communism in Poland.

Walesa's courage in defying communist authorities at the time earned him a Nobel peace prize in 1983.

From 1990 to 1995, he served as Poland's first popularly elected president in the postcommunist era.

compiled from agency reports
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