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Burkina Faso bishops call for "peaceful, free and transparent" elections

by Hannah Tooley

The group call political responsibility a "high form of charity", and stress the need for "peaceful, free and transparent" elections this year.

President Blaise Compaoré led the country from 1987 until 2014 and was overthrown in an uprising last year.

The bishops concluded that: "Transparent elections with credible and acceptable results will not be given to us as if by magic.

"They come from our comportment and our language.

"Resentment, revenge, and jealousy will only further weaken our social fabric."

Roughly 61 percent of Burkina Faso is Muslim, with around 15 percent being Catholic and 15 percent animist.

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