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Congo’s bishops defend direct elections

Catholic World News - March 05, 2014

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have criticized a government proposal to end direct elections of provincial and local officials.

Under the proposal, voters would choose electors, who in turn would choose the local officials.

The bishops “believe that the hypothesis of provincial or municipal elections by indirect suffrage is not suitable to consolidate our democracy,” said the secretary general of the episcopal conference, according to a Fides news agency report.

The African nation of 75.5 million is 53% Catholic, 30% Protestant, and 10% Muslim.

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