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