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Zimbabwe more polarized after Mugabe's re-election, bishops warn

Catholic World News - December 09, 2013

The Catholic bishops of Zimbabwe have warned that the country’s people are “more polarized than they were before” after this year’s presidential elections, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reports.

In a pastoral letter, the bishops of Zimbabwe say that the re-election of strongman Robert Mugabe, which ended a period of power-sharing under a “unity government,” had deepened the fault lines in society, and left “no visible prospects in the spheres of life in Zimbabwe that cry for restoration.”

The Catholic bishops, who have been highly critical of Mugabe’s authoritarian rule, said that the country’s economic ills, constant shortages, and breakdown in infrastructure must be addressed. “Zimbabwe is blessed with abundant natural resources and resilient, God-fearing and highly skilled people,” the bishops said, but the country’s leaders must show the will and dedication to address the nation’s problems.

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