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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.