So Long, Lech. Now What?

The era of Lech Walesa is over. In presidential elections on Nov. 19, Poland's hero of Solidarity lost to Aleksander Kwasniewski, chief of the ex-communist Democratic Left Alliance and a former communist minister. The 41-year-old Kwasniewski shrewdly cobbled together a voter base of farmers and pensioners who have missed out on market reforms, as well as young people irritated by Walesa's virulent red-baiting and the Catholic Church's ham-handed intervention.

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