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Congo’s bishops announce election monitoring committee

January 14, 2016

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have announced the formation of a committee to monitor upcoming national elections, currently scheduled for March.

The committee’s members include the nation’s six metropolitan archbishops and the president and vice president of the episcopal conference.

“The task of the committee is to maintain contact with all the protagonists, to inspire and to boost mutual trust, and to encourage initiatives to relaunch the electoral process,” the president of the bishops’ conference said in a statement.

The nation has experienced violent internal conflicts over the past two decades, including two civil wars that claimed the lives of 5.4 million people. 53% of the nation’s 81.7 million people are Catholic.


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