Subject: LUSA: Bishop Belo 'tempted' to run for presidency

23-02-2004 18:45:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-5841410 Temas: East Timor: Bishop Belo 'tempted' to run for presidency

Dili, Feb. 23 (Lusa) -, East Timor`s religious leader during its long independence struggle, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, said Monday that he is fighting the urge to enter politics for fear of dividing his country`s people.

Belo, Bishop of Dili, told Lusa he was strongly tempted to enter Timor`s next presidential elections, but "there will be pro- bishop voters and others against, which is not good".

The Catholic prelate, a Noble Peace laureate, said his mission as a priest was to "unite the people, rather than divide them".


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