Le Figaro - France
“Le nouveau maître de Madagascar”
“The new master of Madagascar”
Many international newspapers are today leading with the man who calls himself the “transitional president” of Madagascar. 34-year-old Andry Rajoelina has been handed the reins of Madagascar by the heads of the country’s armed forces, including a navy admiral to whom outgoing president Marc Ravalomanana said he had transferred power. They have now formally backed the head of the opposition as their new national leader. French right-leaning daily Le Figaro has a picture of Rajoelina making his way towards the presidential palace on its front page.
The Independent - United Kingdom
“Former DJ puts himself in charge of Madagascar”
Africa correspondent Daniel Howden says Andry Rajoelina is “the youngest de facto President still serving in Africa.” The Independent’s correspondent mentions the transitional president’s former job as a DJ in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo. He goes on to say of Marc Ravalomanana that “Madagascar’s president was bulldozed out of office” by a 34-year-old.
Midi Madagasikara - Madagascar
The view from Madagascar itself is a more cynical one. Midi Madagasikara asks whether the Madagascan people will all side with one of the parties, or whether some will quite simply take profit from the political struggle which now seems to have come to an end. The political crisis in the Indian Ocean island had led to anti-government protests that have claimed more than 100 lives, many at the hands of security forces.
L’express de Madagasacar - Madagascar
“Le plus difficile n’est pas d’arriver au pouvoir mais de s’y maintenir”
“The most difficult part is not coming to power but staying in power”
L’express de Madagascar makes a comparison between outgoing president Marc Ravalomanana and newcomer Andry Rajoelina in its editorial. The newspaper describes how the former president has now left his place in the presidential palace via the back door after coming to power triumphantly only seven years ago. The newspaper describes his tenure as the story of a handsome young man who slowly turned to authoritarianism and tyranny. The new transitional president could be exposed to the same tendencies, according to L’express de Madagascar. They think the hardest part is about to begin for Andry Rajoelina. He is expected to “come up with the feel-good hit of the summer”, after “his rival didn’t get the last dance.”
With the world’s media amassed in the small Austrian town of St. Pölten, it is astounding to see the trial of Josef Fritzl relegated to the inside pages of two of Austria’s biggest-selling daily newspaper. On the front page of Der Standard we find a picture of Madagascan transitional president Andry Rajoelina, alongside the lead story of a Russian military upgrade in the face of NATO. Only on page 9 do we find mention of the “monster of Amstetten”. The trial of the man who locked his daughter in the cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children by her could conclude by Thursday. Der Standard illustrates its article with a sketch from inside the empty courtroom. Today, the press will be allowed back in. In Austria, more and more newspapers are now opting to call Josef Fritzl quite simply Josef F. This is due to Austrian victim protection law.
Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse publishes the now infamous photo of Josef F. being marched to the courtroom in St. Pölten on page 7. Once again, no mention of the case on the front page. Instead, Die Presse publishes an article on pensions and a possible budget deficit.