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    Former Prime Minister Khurelsukh wins Mongolian Presidential Elections 2021, Xi possesses significant bilateral felicitations

    Former Prime Minister Khurelsukh wins Mongolian Presidential Elections 2021


    Chandigarh, India: The ruling Mongolian People's Party former Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa is the victor of the Presidential Election on Wednesday. Despite social unrest Khurelsukh leads the race since the government fails to regulate the COVID-19 proliferation. His rivals included Erdene Dangaasuren of the new HUN party and Erdene Sodnomzundui who wished to preserve the presidency in the grip of the Democratic Party.

    The General Election Committee reported that after demonstrations early this year, Khurelsukh was forced to quit as prime minister, convincingly defeating the opposition Democratic Party Sodnomzundui Erdene, and the right-wers' Dangaasuren Enkhbat of the Coalition for Elections, in a countrywide referendum.

    The elections were held in fear of a COVID-19 epidemic.  Over the last several days there have been reports of over 1000 new cases of COVID-19 in the nation per day, most of them in the capital, Ulan Bator, with over half the country's 3.3 million people. 

    Khurelsukh's tally was 821,136, or 68 percent of the total, with 99.7 percent of the vote counted overnight, the greatest proportion since the democratic era started in 1990. Enkhbat placed second with 242,805 votes, 20.1%, while Erdene with 72,569 votes placed third with 6% of the total. Mongolia has had eight presidential elections since 1993 with a population of around 3,3 million. Of those, 92.7 per cent had the largest turnout during the first presidential election, while the lowest turnout this year.

    The MPP won 62 out of 76 parliamentary seats in the 2020 parliamentary election. The country's political style had tilted with that broad majority as Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa towards a forceful force, with a resolve and underlying tone of militarism for dominating the judicial system. According to Battulga Khaltmaa, incumbent President of the Democratic Party, Mongolians were told:"The MPR structure and the charter have parallels in the 'Mongolian Military Union,' which is commanded by MPP Chairman Khurelsukh Ukhnaa. Another evidence is that the 'Mongolian Military Union' exclusively encouraged MPP activity in the provinces in which the Democratic Party has obtained armed entities. No governors of the opposition party were asked to attend. The political and military efforts undertaken by the MPP are at risk from this framework."

    On Friday President Xi Jinping congratulated Ukhnaa Khurelsukh for his election as President of Mongolia noting that he is willing to work for bilateral relationships with Khurelsukh. Xi said China and Mongolia are close neighbours sharing similar mountains, rivers, and honest cooperation partners in a congratulative greeting to the new Mongolian president. He noted that they have a strong dynamic in building bilateral relations.

    His win has been followed by a low-key COVID 19-restricted campaign. On Saturday when the outsider candidate Enkhbat of the National Labor Party tested the coronavirus positively, most outdoor activities were cancelled.

    The hybrid political system of Mongolia grants its elected parliament the ability to nominate and select the policies of governments, but the president is empowered to veto law and may also recruit and remove judges until recent constitutional revisions.

    With the presidency controlled regularly by the opposing party, power division has produced a political impediment that some think has hampered the growth of Mongolia.

    The election of Khurelsukh is likely to give the MPP more influence over power mechanisms, but he is obligated to give up membership as soon as he assumes office.


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