Lech Walesa, the 80-year-old former president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was admitted to a hospital today with a severe form of COVID-19, the Associated Press reported, citing his assistant.
The assistant to the historic leader of the Solidarity trade union, Marek Kaczmar, told Polish media that the former president was seriously ill but under good care at a hospital in the northern port city of Gdansk, where he lives.
This is Walesa’s second battle with COVID-19, BTA reported.
From 1980, Wałęsa headed Poland’s pro-democracy Solidarity movement, which nine years later brought about the peaceful overthrow of communist rule in Poland and inspired other countries to reject Moscow’s dominance. In 1983, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Lech Walesa was the first president of a democratic Poland elected by the people – a post he held from 1990 to 1995, AP recalls.
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