For more information about Minister Malfoy's platform see the following articles:
* Proposed legislation - p 2
* Educational reforms - p 5 1/2
* Financial regulations - p 14
* Civic programmes - p 18 3/4
Narcissa Malfoy: Portrait of a Minister's Wife
See page 15 of the pull-out section for an exclusive interview with Mrs Malfoy and her plans to be more than 'just another pretty wife'.
In the closest election in wizarding history, Lucius Aemilius Malfoy was elected as Minister for Magic yesterday. Turnout was at an all-time high, with ninety-two percent of eligible wizards and witches queueing at Ministry polling locations throughout the day. Fifty-two percent of those voting cast their vote for Mr Malfoy, forty-seven percent cast their vote for his opponent, Mr Arthur Weasley of the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office, and one percent casting write-in votes for people such as the Muggle Prince William, Ali Bashir, Glover Hipworth, and Harold Skively.
Mr Malfoy made a brief statement this morning from his Wilshire home. "I am pleased and proud to be elected as your Minister, and I promise to do my utmost to ensure the necessary changes are set in motion to make our world peaceful and prosperous once more," he said, before ending the conference to begin preperations for the swearing-in ceremony that will take place tomorrow morning. For more on Lucius Malfoy's life, including biographies of his wife Narcissa Black Malfoy and his son Draco, please see the special thirty-six page colour pull-out section beginning on page four and seven-eighths.
In Ottery St Catchpole, Arthur Weasley made a very brief concession statement as soon as the results were announced. "The public have elected the wizard they feel most confident will guide the wizarding world the most effectively and fairly, and I respect their decision. I wish to extend my congratulations to the new Minister for Magic; the public has every confidence that he will do an excellent job," he said, before he was rudely interrupted by his youngest son, Ronald, who threatened to hex anyone who annoyed his father and used several rude words unfit for publication.
It has been rumoured for many years that Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, had interest in the position, but he did not place himself for candidacy when former Minster Fudge died in May. When asked for a statement regarding the new Minister, Dumbledore only said, "Alas. Earwax." It was difficult to obtain comments from any of the other Hogwarts staff besides Professor Sybill Trelawney, who unfortunately smelled of cooking sherry and was unable to give a coherent opinion.
Tomorrow's swearing-in is open to the public, followed by a luncheon for the new Minister, his family, and selected Ministry officials, after which Minister Malfoy is expected to make an announcement appointing several chief advisers and officials. Those in the know speculate that he will make several major changes within the government structure; however, Minister Malfoy has neither confirmed nor denied any rumours to that effect. The day will culminate in an invitation-only Inaugural Ball. Security for the ball has been heightened and will be enforced by use of Blast-Ended Skrewts.
"Lucius Malfoy was the obvious choice for Minister for Magic and I am delighted that the public had the sense about them to elect such a fine man to the position. There are many wrongs committed by Cornelius Fudge that need to be righted and I have every faith that Lucius Malfoy will do so." - Burghwenna Rosier Goyle, socialite
"The voters appear to have spoken, but time will tell whether the best man won." - Bill Weasley, son of opponent Arthur Weasley, currently Defence professor at Hogwarts.
A fine man, Mr Malfoy. Very fine man. Very good for the economy. - Borgin, Knockturn Alley shopkeeper
"I can't say I'm surprised at the results of the election, though my support was in a different camp. I imagine we'll just have to wait and see what kind of changes this new leader will bring as he steps into his new role." - Remus Lupin, werewolf
"I like Mr Malfoy a lot. I think he'll do a good job, especially if he likes chocolate milk." - Vincent Crabbe, current Hogwarts student