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Poland’s last communist ruler dies aged 90

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Poland’s last communist leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, has died aged 90 after a long illness, a hospital spokesman said Sunday.

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Hospital spokesman Grzegorz Kade said that Jaruzelski had died on Sunday while being treated for a stroke he had suffered earlier this month. The general had previously been treated for cancer at the same hospital, he said.

Jaruzelski is famed for imposing martial law on December 13, 1981 in Poland against the wishes of the pro-democratic Solidarity union which grew into a nationwide movement. Solidarity eventually prevailed, ousting the communists from power in the 1989 election.

Jaruzelski’s death comes just days before Poland marks the 25th anniversary of this crucial parliamentary election in which Poles voted against the country’s communist rulers.

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

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)
 

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