Both are winners and no losers!
I was really heartened by the news item ‘Hollande, Sarkozy in real show of unity at VE Day’ in foreign media and the related picture of the winner and loser, standing shoulder to shoulder.
I, personally, treat both of them are winners. Sarkozy has requested his supporters to respect Hollande as the new president.
However, the margin of victory between them was somewhat close but yet the winner obtained over 50 percent of the total votes cast. In the meantime, this is the first time since 1981 an incumbent French president could not win a second term.
The most comforting thing is that unlike in Third World Countries the loser did not waste time in conceding defeat. It is very fresh in our minds that how such results have not only been not accepted by the losers but also have triggered violence resulting in the death of thousands of innocent civilians. The bloodiest of all we saw recently was in Ivory Coast, one time a French colony. What a disaster it was!
We congratulate, unreservedly, Hollande the president elect as well as the loser Sarkozy for their show of unity for the sake of their country and the respect they displayed for the people’s right to choose. We hope that this will be a lesson for all the Third World democracies to follow! Well done Hollande and well done Sarkozy!
- Asian Tribune –