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El Salvador: prelate calls for clean election

Catholic World News - December 20, 2011

El Salvador’s leading prelate has called for a “clean campaign” leading up to March 2012 elections for the nation’s legislature--the first legislative election in which citizens will be able to vote for candidates rather than for political parties.

“The Church expects a campaign to be up to the situation, a campaign worthy of a civilized country in the best sense of the word, civilized, democratic, where one has the opportunity to learn about various proposals and to be able to choose freely,” said Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador.

“Stop with all these smear campaigns that are not good for anyone,” he added. “We hope that on this occasion there is no room for violence.”

The nation of 5.8 million is 80% Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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