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|First Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party|
6 September 1980 – 18 October 1981
|Preceded by||Edward Gierek|
|Succeeded by||Wojciech Jaruzelski|
|Born||8 March 1927|
|Political party||Polish United Workers' Party|
Kania joined the Polish Workers' Party in 1945 when the Germans were driven out by the Red Army and Polish Communists began to take control of the country. After Edward Gierek was forced to resign as General Secretary amidst much social and economic unrest, Kania was elected his successor on 6 September 1980. He admitted that the party had made many economic mistakes, and advocated working with Catholic and trade unionist opposition groups. He met with Solidarity Union leader Lech Wałęsa, and other critics of the party. He was succeeded by Prime Minister Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski. In 2012, he was tried for his role in the martial law crackdown in 1981, but acquitted.
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| General Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party
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