August 23, 2006 |
Former Polish President Lech Walesa said he had quit Solidarity, the trade union he founded that helped bring the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said he had opposed Solidarity's decision to support the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party in elections last year. Solidarity leaders said Walesa officially had not been a member since January because he had not paid his annual dues.
December 3, 1990 |
Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki on Sunday blamed Lech Walesa for his painful defeat in Poland's presidential elections but called on his supporters to vote for the Solidarity leader in a runoff next Sunday. He also asked his campaign officials to organize a new party called Democratic Union to contest the elections. Mazowiecki finished behind Walesa and outsider Stanislaw Tyminski in last week's vote.
May 31, 1996 |
Polish legislators granted Lech Walesa a lifetime pension as ex-president but voted to halve it compared to the original proposal. Walesa, defeated by ex-Communist Aleksander Kwasniewski in November, will get a net pension equal to about $800 a month, half the current president's base salary. The same stipends will be given to the other retired presidents. The bill still needs Kwasniewski's signature.
June 14, 1990 |
Farmers demanding higher milk prices blocked Solidarity leader Lech Walesa and halted traffic on Poland's main north-south highway today. The farmers set up roadblocks near the town of Mlawa on the Gdansk-Warsaw road and stopped Walesa, who was on his way to Warsaw, for about an hour. Walesa was allowed to continue after he promised to intervene with the government on the farmers' behalf. He later flew to Geneva for the annual conference of the International Labor Organization.
February 16, 1990 |
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, distancing himself from the government he helped create, said that a reunified Germany poses no danger to Poland. He also said he wants Soviet troops out as soon as possible. The Solidarity-led government of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki has adopted a more tolerant attitude toward Soviet withdrawal, saying the 40,000 troops in Poland should leave only after creation of a new security arrangement for Europe.
December 10, 1990 |
sident Bush has written a letter to Lech Walesa to congratulate him on his election as president of Poland, the White House said today. "The President noted that this electoral process was an important affirmation of the strengthening of democracy and freedom in Poland," presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said. "He congratulated Mr. Walesa on his leadership and courage, which has been displayed over many years.
October 24, 1990 |
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa upstaged his presidential rival Tadeusz Mazowiecki on Tuesday by presenting half a million signatures backing his candidacy for next month's Polish elections. Walesa's campaign chief said he presented the national election commission in Warsaw with sacks of signatures--at least 500,000 names and five times the number required to register as a candidate. Prime Minister Mazowiecki registered last Wednesday with about 140,000 signatures.