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Nov 20, 2018
7:24PM

Russia denounces interference in Interpol leadership vote

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The Kremlin Tuesday denounced alleged interference in the election for a new Interpol President after critics including US senators objected to a Russian becoming chief of the global police body.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on a statement from several US senators that this is interference in the election process in the election to an international organisation.

Delegates from Interpol member countries will vote on Wednesday to elect the next president of the France-based body, at a general assembly in Dubai.

A growing chorus of critics is calling on Interpol to reject a Russian interior ministry official, Alexander Prokopchuk, to lead the organisation, over fears Moscow could abuse the presidency to target political opponents. 

In a statement on Monday, US senators Jeanne Shaheen, Roger Wicker, Chris Coons and Marco Rubio urged members of Interpol's General Assembly to reject Prokopchuk's candidacy.
The other candidate is South Korea's Kim Jong Yang, who has been acting president since former head Meng Hongwei went missing in his native China last month. Beijing later informed Interpol that Meng had resigned as director after being charged with accepting bribes. 

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