Mongolia’s June elections and their impact

Mongolian Prime Minister Erdenebat greets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Ulan Bator
July 14, 2016: Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat (R) rolled out the red carpet for China’s Premier Li Keqiang just a week after taking office in Ulaanbaatar (source: dpa)
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The June 29 parliamentary election was a landslide win for the opposition Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), which captured 65 of the 76 seats in the unicameral legislature after the abolition of proportional representation earlier this year. The election is likely to have far-reaching consequences in three areas: constitutional reform, management of the slowing economy and relations with China, Russia and other world powers.

The elections dealt a crushing blow to the governing Democratic Party (DP) and almost obliterated other groupings. The DP’s representation in parliament dropped from 35 to only nine seats, even though it won a respectable 33 percent of the popular vote.

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