Former Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhna Kurelsuk became the country’s sixth democratically elected president on Wednesday. and resulted in a landslide victory for the Mongolian People̵7;s Party.
Khurelsukh, who was forced to resign as prime minister following protests earlier this year, defeated opposition Democratic Party Sodnomzundui Erdene and right-wing coalition Dangaasuren Enkhbat in a national vote. The General Election Commission said
With 99.7% of the votes counted overnight, Khurelsukh reached 821,136, or 68% of the total number of votes. This was the largest vote since the democratic era began in 1990. Enkhbat came in second with 242,805, or 20.1%, while Erdene followed in third with 72,569 votes, 6% of the total.
Despite the degree of victory of the happy Kurel But there are few signs of celebration in the capital, Ulaanbaatar overnight. and the winning candidate said in the speech that the presidency was “Huge responsibility”
“I understand that all Mongolians who voted in this election are expressing hope that we will finish the work we started … and we will do more for our country,” Kurelsuk said.
Khurelsukh will replace Khaltmaa Battulga, who has been denied a chance to be re-elected after controversial Mongolian constitutional changes that limit the president to one term.
His victory came as an extraordinary campaign shattered by COVID-19 restrictions. Most outdoor activities were canceled on Saturday after National Labor Party candidate Enkhbat tested positive for coronavirus.
Mongolia’s hybrid political system gives an elected parliament the right to appoint a government and make policy decisions. But the president has the power to veto legislation. And until recent constitutional changes, judges can also be hired and fired.
with the presidency often controlled by the opposition parties The division of power led to political disruptions that some believed had inhibited Mongolia’s development.
Khurelsukh’s elections will give MPP more control over the exercise of power. Although he had to abandon the sect as soon as he took office.
The Democratic Party campaigned under the slogan. “Mongolia is free from dictatorship,” and Erdine warned that the country was moving towards a one-party state. Read more
It is unclear what the MPP’s consolidation will mean for Mongolia’s largest foreign investment project, the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine operated by Rio Tinto (RIO.N), which the government in Ulaanbaatar has been negotiating for construction. cost increase
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