Mongolia vote landslide stinging rejection of government policy

(From AFP)

A landslide election victory by Mongolia’s opposition is a stinging rejection of the government’s failed economic policies, analysts and voters said Thursday, as the country struggles to turn its vast natural resources into national wealth.

A man casts his vote in Mandalgovi in the Gobi desert, Mongolia on June 29

A man casts his vote in Mandalgovi in the Gobi desert, Mongolia, on June 29

The Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) won 65 out of 76 seats in the State Great Hural parliament, leaving the ruling Democratic Party (DP) in single figures with a mere nine spots, the election commission announced early Thursday.

Among the casualties was outgoing prime minister Chimediin Saikhanbileg, who lost his own Bayanzurkh seat in Ulan Bator to a virtual unknown.

“I voted for the MPP because the DP used their power only for their own good,” said Magsarjaviin Bold, 46, a construction worker in the capital. “They are mostly businessmen and did things that only profited them.” Read More



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