Disinfo: A high-ranking American official took under his control Moldova’s presidential elections

Summary

US Deputy Head of State Department took under his personal control Moldova’s presidential elections. The United States is closely monitoring the “health of democracy” in Moldova.

Disproof

The article's allegation that the USA is controlling the electoral processes in Moldova is blatant misinformation.

In fact, on October, 9, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hale spoke with Moldovan President Igor Dodon and former Prime Minister Maia Sandu about the November 1 presidential election in Moldova. He did not say that he "will take under personal control Moldova's presidential elections", but in separate calls, Under Secretary Hale noted the "importance of a free and fair electoral process that respects the will of the Moldovan people, including a level playing field for all candidates, the elimination of illegal foreign support for political campaigns, and unbiased access to mass media in accordance with Moldova’s laws."

Additionally, US Ambassador to Moldova Derek Hogan said that Regardless of what choice the Moldovan people make on Election Day, "the United States will remain a faithful partner to the Moldovan people and this country’s sovereign right to choose its own path. We support and join in your struggle to build a bright, prosperous, and democratic future for yourselves and your children."

Presidential elections will take place in Moldova on 1 November 2020.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US is involved in Moldovan political life, including elections.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Elections

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