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Poland’s last communist leader dies

WARSAW, Poland – A military hospital spokesman in Warsaw says Poland’s last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has died at age 90.

Spokesman Grzegorz Kade said Jaruzelski died in the hospital, where he suffered a stroke earlier this month. He was previously treated for cancer.

On Dec. 13, 1981, Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland against the wishes of the nationwide pro-democratic Solidarity union. Solidarity eventually prevailed, ousting the communists from power in 1989 election.

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

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