East Asia Forum: Mongolia – corruption arrests and new investment laws as elections loom

Politics is heating up in Mongolia as the country moves toward a parliamentary election scheduled for 28 June 2012. In April, former president Nambaryn Enkhbayar, the current leader of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP), was arrested on corruption charges. He was subsequently released on bail after prominent members of the international community, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, intervened. The MPRP, along with eleven other political parties and two coalitions, are vying for control of the Ulsyn Ikh Khural, Mongolia’s parliament. In related developments, Mongolia has unveiled new foreign investment laws that will undoubtedly become a central topic in the election campaign. Enkhbayar was arrested due to his refusal to participate in an investigation into corruption during his time in office, which ended in 2009. While in detention, he went on a hunger strike, which his supporters say became life-threatening. But after Enkhbayar was released on bail, recordings emerged that showed clearly that his arrest was not a surprise at all, and that he was quite healthy during a relatively comfortable detention period. To read the full article, click hereMongolia – corruption arrests and new investment laws as elections loom

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