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Evangelical political influence on the rise in Brazil

Catholic World News - June 12, 2013

The rising political influence of evangelicals in Brazil has made abortion a more central political issue in the world’s fifth most populous nation.

“Though belonging to a dozen different parties, evangelicals have begun to act as a caucus in Brazil's fragmented legislature where only the farm lobby tends to speak with one voice,” the Reuters news agency reported, and President Dilma Rousseff has appointed an evangelical bishop to her cabinet.

“Rousseff is not going to do anything that would alienate the evangelicals,” said David Fleischer, a Brazilian political scientist. “No candidate in their right mind would do that.”

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