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Poland's First Post-Communist PM Mazowieki Dies

7:14 AM, Oct 28, 2013   |    comments
A file photo taken on August 19, 1989 shows Tadeusz Mazowiecki smiling as he leaves the Diet, the Polish Parliament, after a meeting with Solidarity parliament members in Warsaw. The Polish Parliament marked on September 11, 2009, the 20th anniversary of the investiture of the first non-Communist government of the Soviet bloc led by Catholic intellectual Tadeusz Mazowiecki. AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES / DRUSZCZ WOJTEIC
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WARSAW, Poland -- Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe's first democratic prime minister after communism, key adviser to Poland's Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, has died. 

He was 86.

Mazowiecki's personal secretary, Michal Prochwicz, told The Associated Press that the former prime minister died early Monday in hospital.

Prochwicz said Mazowiecki was taken to hospital on Wednesday, with high fever.

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