The Economist: Throwing stones – While the political elite squabbles, people worry about other things

At the Communist-era Cultural Palace in Ulaanbaatar, a mere stone’s throw from the Government Palace he once occupied at different times as president and prime minister, Nambariin Enkhbayar held a political rally just days before a crucial parliamentary election and was greeted like a rock star. Many hundreds filled the auditorium, cheering as he roundly accused Mongolia’s current leaders of stealing the last election, breaking campaign promises and tormenting him in recent months with a politically motivated prosecution for corruption. Mr Enkhbayar himself is barred from standing for parliament in the election on June 28th. Yet he and his legal woes look central to Mongolia’s political and economic future. The dramatic arrest of the former president on April 13th sparked fears of open warfare among the political elite and concerns among foreign investors about stability in a nation now poised to capitalise on its vast mineral wealth. The memory of the deadly violence that followed the previous parliamentary election, in 2008, hangs over this poll. To read the full article, click hereThrowing stones – While the political elite squabbles, people worry about other things

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