East Asia Forum: Mongolia – electronic counting but no trust

The results from Mongolia’s 28 June 2012 parliamentary election on are in — sort of. The General Electoral Commission (GEC) announced the preliminary results on 30 June, with official results set to be announced by 13 July. No party won an outright majority, which would require 39 seats in the 76-member State Great Khural. The Democratic Party (DP) won 31 seats, thus becoming the most likely leader of a governing coalition. The current prime minister and leader of the Mongolian People’s Party, Sukhbaataryn Batbold, won 28 seats, so he will be succeeded by the DP’s Norovyn Altankhuyag or another DP leader. The negotiations over a governing coalition will become clearer after the newly elected parliament appoints a new prime minister and cabinet. In the last few days, the DP has suddenly begun pushing hard for an expedited process that could see a new cabinet in July, even though initial expectations based on 2004 and 2008 had been for a coalition to be solidified by the end of the northern summer. It looks like Mongolia is now heading for a smooth political transition, unlike the aftermath of the 2008 parliamentary elections, when a ‘state of emergency’ was declared following the death of five people during large-scale protests. To read the full article, click hereMongolia – electronic counting but no trust

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