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Cablegate: Independent Daily News Criticizes Despots

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TAGS: KPAO ZI
SUBJECT: INDEPENDENT DAILY NEWS CRITICIZES DESPOTS


1. Under headline "Rastiraka: Another old man
resisting change" the independent daily "The Daily
News" dedicated its May 2 editorial to criticizing
despotic African leaders, especially Didier Rastiraka
of Madagascar and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Excerpts:

2. "Didier Rastiraka if Madagascar is a typical
caricature of an African leader: he refuses to accept
change and seem to believe that without him at the helm
Madagascar would sink without trace into the Indian
Ocean. . . He and other leaders cling to the
outrageous notion that African democracy is not
necessarily compatible with the Western variety. They
seem to suggest African democracy must include a strong
dash of totalitarianism to function effectively. . .
Africa is the poorest continent primarily because the
freedom in which spectacular economic development and
unfettered political activity can thrive does not exist
in many African countries. The rulers, most of them
old men of the ilk of Madagascar's Didier Rastiraka and
our own Mugabe, believe their destiny is to rule their
countries until they drop dead."

SULLIVAN

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