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OSCE lauds German vote but note 'foreign interference'

News Desk
Published: 28 September 2017 Thursday, 05:14  AM

OSCE lauds German vote but note 'foreign interference'


Bonn, 28 September (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- Germany conducted a flawless democratic election, observers of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Monday, while criticizing foreign attempts to influence the campaign.


Observers from more than 20 European countries took part in the mission that not only watched out for any irregularities in Sunday`s voting process, but that also looked at the selection of candidates and the campaign.


"Germany has once again demonstrated that its commitment to democracy is undiminished," said George Tsereteli, the Georgian parliamentarian who led the election observers in Germany.


Observers criticized, however, the fact "that foreign interference in election campaigning, noted during the German elections, was on the rise internationally," the OSCE said in a statement.


In the run-up to Sunday`s election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly called on Turks living in Germany not to vote for the three main parties, declaring them "enemies of Turkey."


The EU diplomatic service team that monitors Russian propaganda efforts reported last week that Russian media outlets published fake news about Germany this year that have been shared online by German far-right users.


The OSCE said cybercrime did not play a role in the election, referring to software security gaps in Germany`s election result system that hackers exposed in early September.