February 23, 2001 |
The recent revelation that an alleged gang leader on the lam once received a pardon from former President Lech Walesa has triggered a wave of controversy in Poland about this common presidential prerogative. No one has accused Walesa of wrongdoing. But there have been allegations that one or more of his aides might have been bribed to prepare the paperwork for the 1993 pardon of Andrzej Zielinski.
October 20, 2000 |
After he won reelection in a first-round knockout, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his popular wife, Jolanta Kwasniewska, appeared at a victory rally with jubilant supporters, some of whom shouted out hopes that she will be his successor five years from now. "The presidency in this country is democratic, not dynastic," Kwasniewski, 45, responded at the event earlier this month, while going on to thank his wife as "a great support in difficult moments."
October 9, 2000 |
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski won a second term with 55% of the vote, according to partial returns, avoiding a runoff in Poland's third presidential election since shedding communism a decade ago. Kwasniewski, a former Communist, defeated 11 challengers, including legendary Solidarity founder Lech Walesa and a number of fringe candidates from the far right. Walesa, whom Kwasniewski ousted from the presidency in a close election in 1995, won just 0.9% of the vote.
October 7, 2000 |
President Aleksander Kwasniewski, speaking to a crowd of supporters plus a few hecklers at a recent campaign rally in this city's Old Town Square, mixed his typically all-inclusive message with carefully nuanced jabs at his critics.
August 31, 2000 |
Marking the 20th anniversary of Solidarity's birth, many key figures from the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc gathered here Wednesday to celebrate their victory over communism and to ponder the future. "We changed the face of this world," Lech Walesa, the onetime Lenin Shipyard electrician who won a Nobel Prize and served as Poland's president, told a special Solidarity congress. "We carried freedom to many countries, and we got freedom ourselves.
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."