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Malagasy politicians express views over Francois Hollande's victory in French presidential election

2012-05-07 10:42:18 GMT2012-05-07 18:42:18(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ANTANANARIVO, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Malagasy politicians have expressed various views on Monday after Francois Hollande won the French presidential election against Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mamy Rakotoarivelo, president of the lower house of Madagascar' s transitional parliament, said, "Everyone knew the position of France on Madagascar. Our relations with France have not led to the resolution of crisis, and sometimes, it was interference in Malagasy internal affairs... I think that the Socialist Party is closer to the values of our political party Tiako i Madagasikara (the former ruling party in Madagascar)."

Hanitra Razafimanantsoa, lawyer of former president Ravalomanana, said that "the election of Francois Hollande at the presidency of France was predictable. This will change many things in Madagascar while Nicolas Sarkozy supported many members of the transitional regime in Madagascar."

According to Rakotomavo Lanto, a supporter of the president of the transition Andry Rajoelina, "Francois Hollande will surely have a different view on the governance of his country. We must remember that the Socialists have not led France since 17 years after the departure of Francois Mitterrand. However, our doubt is to define our policy and see the benefits we can derive from our relationship with other countries."

Gilbert Raharizatovo, former minister of Communication of the transition, said that the election of Francois Hollande will enable France to have a different view on the management of the Malagasy crisis, because Hollande and Sarkozy have different approaches in handling the case of Madagascar.

Roland Ratsiraka, a transitional parliament member, expressed that relationship between Madagascar and France will be strengthened by this election. "Socialists have always been more open to Africans."

Maurice Beranto, a supporter of former president Albert Zafy, said, "Hopefully, this victory of Francois Hollande could benefit relations between our two countries. I think now, the Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of France in Madagascar speak with one voice."

However, French Ambassador to Madagascar Jean Marc Chataigner said France will remain faithful to its foreign policy. "This is a great tradition of French diplomacy and all the presidents who succeeded maintained their commitment."

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