Lech Walesa

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Lech Walesa is a past president of Poland and served from December 22, 1990 to December 23, 1995.

Lech Walesa


Walesa was Born September 29, 1943 in Popowo, Dobrzyn, Poland.

"Walesa, now head of the revived Solidarity labour union, began a series of meetings with world leaders. In November 1989 he became the third person in history, after the Marquis de Lafayette and Winston Churchill, to address a joint session of the United States Congress.

"In April 1990 at Solidarity's second national congress, Walesa was elected chairman with 77.5% of the votes. In December 1990 in a general ballot he was elected President of the Republic of Poland. He served until defeated in the election of November 1995." [1]


In 1995 Walesa vetoed an anti-tobacco law, saying it was too liberal. The law required 30% of the pack be devoted to health warnings.[2]

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  2. Honorary Patrons, Global Leadership Foundation, accessed January 11, 2010.
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