Ex-Mongolian PM Khurelsukh wins presidential election | Article
Presidential candidate Ukhnaa Khurelsukh (middle), chairman of the ruling Mongolian Individuals’s Social gathering, arrives to forged his poll at a voting station in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 9, 2021. (UKHNAA KHURELSUKH’S OFFICE / HANDOUT PHOTO VIA XINHUA)
ULAANBAATAR – Former Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh turned the nation’s sixth democratically elected president on Wednesday, additional consolidating the ability of the ruling Mongolian Individuals’s Social gathering (MPP).
Khurelsukh, who was pressured to resign as prime minister after protests earlier this 12 months, comfortably defeated Sodnomzundui Erdene of the opposition Democratic Social gathering and Dangaasuren Enkhbat of the Proper Individual Voters Coalition in a nationwide vote, the Common Election Committee stated.
With 99.7 p.c of votes counted in a single day, Khurelsukh’s tally had reached 821,136, or 68 p.c of the entire. Enkhbat got here second with 242,805 votes, or 20.1 p.c, whereas Erdene trailed in third place, with 72,569 votes, 6 p.c of the entire.
Ukhnaa Khurelsukh’s election is predicted to provide the ruling Mongolian Individuals’s Social gathering extra management over the levers of energy, although he’s obliged to relinquish his occasion affiliation as quickly as he takes workplace
Regardless of the size of Khurelsukh’s victory, there have been few indicators of celebration within the capital Ulaanbaatar in a single day, and the successful candidate stated in a speech that the presidency was a “enormous accountability”.
“I perceive that all the Mongolian individuals who voted on this election are expressing hope that we are going to full the work now we have began … and that we are going to do extra for our nation,” Khurelsukh stated.
Khurelsukh will change incumbent Khaltmaa Battulga, who was denied a chance to hunt re-election following controversial modifications to Mongolia’s structure that restricted presidents to 1 time period in workplace.
His victory follows a low-key marketing campaign marred by COVID-19 restrictions. Most out of doors occasions have been cancelled on Saturday after the outsider candidate Enkhbat of the Nationwide Labor Social gathering examined constructive for the coronavirus.
Mongolia’s hybrid political system provides its elected parliament the appropriate to nominate governments and determine coverage, however the president has the ability to veto laws and rent and hearth judges.
With the presidency typically managed by the opposition occasion, the division of energy has created political impasse that some imagine has held again Mongolia’s growth.
Khurelsukh’s election is predicted to provide the MPP extra management over the levers of energy, although he’s obliged to relinquish his occasion affiliation as quickly as he takes workplace.
The Democratic Social gathering campaigned underneath the slogan “Mongolia with out Dictatorship,” and Erdene warned that the nation was sliding in the direction of a one-party state.
It stays unclear what the MPP’s consolidation of energy will imply for Mongolia’s greatest overseas funding undertaking, the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine run by Rio Tinto , which the federal government in Ulaanbaatar has sought to renegotiate as development prices surge.