Poland: Into the Ring

Into the Ring

Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa have shadowboxed for months over the pace and direction of political and economic reform. Now they will battle openly as the two main candidates in an election on Nov. 25 that will produce Poland's first popularly chosen President.

The election was called when General Wojciech Jaruzelski decided last month to cut short his six-year term as President. Walesa, 47, who has long made no secret of his ambitions, immediately declared his intention to run. Mazowiecki, 63, once one of Walesa's main advisers, entered the race last week. Mazowiecki's announcement ended speculation that...

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