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Russia Accused of Interfering in Mexican Electoral Process

LADB Article ID: 80515
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2018-02-07
By: Carlos Navarro

Reports from US President Donald Trump’s administration and the US Senate suggest that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to interfere in the upcoming presidential and congressional race in Mexico, scheduled for July 1. According to the reports, the Russian government has begun to spread misinformation on social media to confuse would-be voters, a maneuver intended to boost the candidacy of center-left candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is leading the vote preference in most polls. The denunciation of potential Russian interference has come from seemingly credible US sources: National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Democrats Robert Menéndez and Tim Kaine and Republican Marco Rubio. The irony is that the same US administration that is accusing the Putin government of seeking to influence the Mexican elections is also rumored to have benefited from Russian involvement in the election that brought Trump to power in November 2016.

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