ULAANBAATAR－Former Mongolian prime minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh has received the nation’s presidential election, additional consolidating the standing of the ruling Mongolian Folks’s Social gathering, or MPP.
MPP Chairman Khurelsukh, who resigned as prime minister earlier this yr, defeated Sodnomzundui Erdene of the opposition Democratic Social gathering and Dangaasuren Enkhbat of the Proper Particular person Citizens Coalition in a nationwide vote, the Basic Election Committee, or GEC, mentioned.
“A complete of 1,216,246 folks forged their votes within the election, or 59.35 p.c of all eligible voters. The candidate from the MPP, Khurelsukh, obtained 67.76 p.c of the votes,” Purevee Delgernaran, head of the GEC, mentioned at a information convention.
The official famous that each one paper ballots of the election have been counted by hand to keep away from any disputes associated to poll counting machines.
Khurelsukh will change incumbent Khaltmaa Battulga, a former world champion within the martial artwork of sambo who can’t run for a second presidential time period beneath constitutional guidelines.
“From the underside of my coronary heart, I thank my fellow Mongolians,” he mentioned.
Mongolia, with a inhabitants of round 3.3 million, has held eight presidential elections since 1993. Amongst them, the primary presidential election had the very best voter turnout at 92.7 p.c, whereas this yr’s election had the bottom voter turnout fee.
Nonetheless, Khurelsukh received the very best p.c of votes within the historical past of the nation’s presidential elections.
His victory follows a collection of COVID-19 restrictions. Most out of doors occasions have been canceled on Saturday after the candidate Enkhbat examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Mongolia launched a number of the strictest early measures in opposition to the virus and achieved early success in maintaining numbers low.
However circumstances have soared in current months, though there have been spectacular excessive charges of vaccination.
Mongolia recorded 1,460 new COVID-19 infections within the newest 24-hour interval, the very best each day spike because the outbreak started, bringing the nationwide tally to 70,482, with 348 deaths, the nation’s Well being Ministry mentioned on Thursday.
The financial system shrank by 5.3 p.c in 2020, its worst contraction because the early Nineties and much from its peak development fee of 17 p.c in 2013, figures from the Worldwide Financial Fund and the Asian Improvement Financial institution confirmed.
Mongolia’s political system provides its elected parliament the appropriate to nominate governments and resolve coverage, however the president has the ability to veto laws and rent and fireplace judges.
The presidency has typically been managed by the opposition social gathering prior to now. Khurelsukh’s election is predicted to present the MPP extra management over the levers of energy, though he’s obliged to relinquish his social gathering affiliation as quickly as he takes workplace.
Businesses – Xinhua