Poland: Going Just Part of the Way

Jaruzelski prepares to lift martial law, though only on paper

After a flurry of hints and a flutter of hopes, the end seemed imminent at last. Ever since Pope John Paul II left his homeland three weeks ago, officials have been suggesting that martial law would soon be lifted. Once the Politburo had endorsed the move last week, the Polish parliament held a special one-day session. Its purpose: to consider a battery of constitutional amendments and laws that would accompany the repeal. General Wojciech Jaruzelski could formally announce the end of martial law, after 19 agonizing months, as soon as July...

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