Wojciech Jaruzelski (born in 1923) is a former Polish general, communist leader from 1981, president (1985-1990).
He imposed martial law for the first year of his rule, suppressed the opposition, and banned trade union activity, but later released many political prisoners.
In 1989, elections in favour of the free trade union Solidarity forced Jaruzelski to speed up democratic reforms, overseeing a transition to a new form of 'socialist pluralist' democracy and step down as president in 1990.
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Wojciech Jaruzelski is a retired Polish military officer and Communist politician.