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World press digests Arnie's latest role
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger will have no time for movies

Following Arnold Schwarzenegger's convincing victory in the Californian election, the world's press has hailed his new role but wonders whether the film star will be able to fulfil his responsibilities.

While many too readily scoff at his broken English, he is a well-educated and highly successful business entrepreneur... Those who fear the judgement of the people may suggest this is a win for populism over political maturity but Schwarzenegger's sweeping ballot box victory demonstrates the American genius for embracing new ideas and new people.

The Australian - Australia

Californian voters "chose a good actor rather than a bad politician, because there is at least a chance that he will learn the role".

Mlada fronta Dnes - Czech Republic

Iraqis want a strong leader like Arnold Schwarzenegger... Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger wins elections in California amidst public uprising against the Democrats.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi - London-based pan-Arab paper

They were voting for the Terminator, the legend they had seen on the cinema screen... Ugandan politicians should take note of the Californian result. It is not good enough to just have a good policy package, you have to have good public relations as well.

The New Vision - Uganda

A self-declared non-politician, the classical figure of the good sheriff coming in from another town, has emerged the winner.

Die Welt - Germany

Yesterday's scenes of apotheosis were reminiscent of the happy ending of a Hollywood film... The situation is too complex and difficult for an inexperienced politician and so there is a strong risk that the populist revolution he promises will degenerate into massive disillusionment.

El Mundo - Spain

Mr Schwarzenegger offered the voters precious little. It was a poor film shot in a developed American democracy.

Pravda - Slovakia

The metamorphosis of Terminator into Gubernator will be used as further evidence by those who charge America with turning politics into showbusiness and with intellectual degeneracy.

Liberation - France

This recall election fight has a deeper political significance and is not only the Republic and Democratic parties fighting it out in the arena of California, but it can also be said that it is a prelude to the fight for voters in the 2004 US presidential elections.

Renmin Ribao- China

The decision of Californian voters to reject Governor Gray Davis and elect Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new governor has caused anger. After wanting a leader for so long, the voters have elected Schwarzenegger without considering his background or political experience.

Utusan Malaysia - Malaysia

People across the world are in shock: one of America's most prosperous states is to be governed by The Terminator. Hollywood actor Schwarzenegger's victory over a professional governor has once again showed the defective nature of the American electoral system.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia

In the end, the majority of California's residents preferred the actor and bodybuilder entering politics to current governor Davis... Following his victory, he has to prove that he can effectively run the state.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta- Russia

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