The Wall Street Journal: Mongolian President’s Party Likely to Lead Parliament

A change in control of Mongolia’s Parliament appears likely after the Democratic Party this week picked up the most votes in legislative elections, during which politicians campaigned on populist promises to share mining wealth. The outcome, based on preliminary results, appears to give the Democratic Party, which is aligned with Mongolia’s sitting president, the best shot at controlling the 76-member Parliament. Still, since it hasn’t won a majority, analysts anticipate weeks of jockeying for control between the political factions and a vigorous fight from the current prime minister’s Mongolian People’s Party, which had been in a position of control. According to preliminary figures reported Friday by the Election Commission, the Mongolian Democratic Party took 32% of the 1.16 million votes cast in Thursday’s election, topping 28% for Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold’s Mongolian People’s Party. A coalition party held 20% of the vote, with the remainder of votes split between more than a half-dozen other parties. To read the full article, click hereMongolian President’s Party Likely to Lead Parliament

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