Mongolia’s Ruling Party Just Consolidated Power Even More

Mongolia’s then-prime minister, Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, attends the Mongolia-China Business Forum in Beijing, April 11, 2018 (Imaginechina photo via AP Images).
Mongolia’s then-prime minister, Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, attends the Mongolia-China Business Forum in Beijing, April 11, 2018 (Imaginechina photo via AP Images).

In a presidential election on June 9, voters in Mongolia handed a landslide victory to former Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party, or MPP. Buoyed by a strong campaign in which he promised to firmly address the country’s endemic corruption, empower its youth and equitably allocate its rich natural resources, Khurelsukh took 67 percent of the vote—the largest winning share since Mongolia’s democratic transition in 1990. He was sworn in last Friday and will be the first president to serve a single six-year term under a 2019 constitutional amendment, passed by the MPP-dominated parliament, that did […]

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