Ethiopian Bishops saddened by conflicts as the country goes to the polls. – Vatican News

Ethiopia votes in national elections next week on Tuesday, 22 June. The election is being held when the country is at a crossroads due to various ethnic related conflicts. Ethiopia hopes that next week’s election will usher in a re-set button so that the Government and federal states can once more unite and find a common purpose, simply as Ethiopians. In their Pre-election message, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) said it hopes the election will also bring to the fore good and upright leaders who are close to people’s aspirations. The Bishops’ message is signed and released by the Conference’s Secretary General, Fr Teshome Fikre. Our people do not want ethnicity, displacement and exile “We hope the elections can “narrow the gap between politicians and the general public. The current experience confirms that our people are not ready to shoulder discrimination, ethnicity, displacement, exile and corruption based on the same conflicts which take the lives of innocent civilians and cause the destruction of properties. In other words, it is the wish and prayer of all of us to have the coming 6th national election to be free, fair, peaceful and democratic and acceptable to all,” reads the message of the Bishops.

Ethiopian Bishops saddened by conflicts as the country goes to the polls. – Vatican News

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