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Pope calls for election campaigns free of backers - update 2

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Rome, March 10 - Pope Francis has called for
greater transparency in politics and said elections should be
free from backers who fund campaigns in order to prevent policy
being influenced by wealthy sponsors.
"We must achieve a free sort of election campaign, not
financed," Francis said in an interview published by a Buenos
Aires magazine, La Carcova News.
"Because many interests come into play in the financing of
an election campaign and then they ask you to pay back. So the
election campaign should be independent from anyone who may
finance it".
The Argentine pontiff added in the interview given on
February 7 at the Vatican to a parish priest and friend that
candidates for public office must be honest and put into
practice their election promises.
"A candidate must present himself to society with a clear,
well thought-out election platform," Francis said.
"They should say if I get elected an MP, or mayor, or
governor, I'll do this because I think this and that's what
should be done.
"They should be honest in presenting their position".

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