South Africa: Bishops welcome election results
August 23, 2016
The Catholic bishops of South Africa have welcomed the results of munipal elections that took place without incident on August 3, noting that all parties have accepted the results as fair.
"Democracy itself was the victor," the bishops proclaimed. They voiced the hope that these elections "may herald in a new phase in the history of our democracy involving coalition government, realistic opposition politics, and greater responsibility in the exercise of power."
The elections, which saw an erosion of support for the dominant African National Congress, were seen by the bishops as a call for government reform. "In this election the people have spoken; they demand change;" the bishops said; "they expect service and they are tired of corruption, maladministration and being ignored."
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