The Guardian: Mongolia’s new wealth and rising corruption is tearing the nation apart

Mongolia’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for Thursday, and its capital city is awash with politics. The faces of candidates fill the newspapers, peer out of TV sets and stare down from billboards. A few miles away from the parliament building – a shiny glass edifice guarded by a giant statue of Genghis Khan – the 54-year-old former president Nambaryn Enkhbayar lies in a hospital suite hooked up to an intravenous drip. Enkhbayar was arrested under suspicion of corruption in April and staged a 10-day hunger strike in detention. He resumed eating when the authorities agreed to release him on bail. “They launched a politically motivated campaign against me,” Enkhbayar said on a warm afternoon in early June, his face gaunt, his nightstand stacked with Buddhist texts. “A hunger strike is, I think, a very proper way of fighting.” The elections will be Mongolia’s sixth since it shed its Soviet-controlled communist system in early 1990, and the stakes are high. The country’s recent discovery of massive copper, gold, coal, uranium and rare earth deposits have opened the floodgates to foreign investment and kicked its economy into overdrive. Mongolia’s GDP grew by 17.3% last year and shows no signs of slowing down. To read the full article, click hereMongolia’s new wealth and rising corruption is tearing the nation apart

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