August 12, 2000 |
A special court cleared former Polish President Lech Walesa on Friday of accusations that he collaborated with Communist-era secret police after it heard evidence that fabricated documents were used in an early 1980s effort to discredit him. The allegations that the Nobel Prize winner had been an informer in his early days as a dissident shipyard worker were first made public in 1992.
August 11, 2000 |
A Polish court ruled Thursday that President Aleksander Kwasniewski did not work for the Communist-era secret police, freeing him to run for reelection in October. The court issued its verdict a day after hearing testimony from former officers of the secret police who disputed suggestions in old police files that Kwasniewski, an ex-Communist, worked as an agent code-named Alek in the early 1980s. "I am very pleased.
June 19, 2000 |
Lech Walesa, the Nobel Prize-winning former union leader who helped topple communism in Poland and then served as this nation's president, plunged back into politics Sunday by accepting his party's nomination for another presidential run. The blunt-spoken, charismatic but often abrasive Walesa is running against incumbent President Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former Communist, on the slogan "Black is black. White is white."
September 26, 1997 |
Ex-Communist Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz announced the Polish Cabinet's impending resignation as official results underlined the center-right Solidarity Election Action party's triumph in elections. Cimoszewicz said the resignations would mean that the new Cabinet could take over right after the new Parliament first sits Oct. 20. In the 460-member lower house, Solidarity took 201 seats and Cimoszewicz's Democratic Left Alliance was in second place with 164.
September 22, 1997 |
A rejuvenated Solidarity movement appeared to have pulled off a stunning political upset Sunday, finishing well ahead of the ruling former Communists and their allies in parliamentary elections, according to Polish television projections. Swept from power in a humiliating defeat four years ago, Solidarity forces were faring better than most pollsters had predicted.
September 19, 1997 |
Poles will vote Sunday in parliamentary elections for the fourth time since the Communist stranglehold was broken in 1989. But despite the dramatic changes of the past eight years, the campaign is being dominated by a familiar struggle between left-wing insiders and right-wing outsiders.