PARLIAMENT REVIEWS CABINET RESIGNATION
As 30 out of 65 legislators of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) in Parliament submitted a demand for Cabinet resignation to Parliament on August 23, according to the Act of Parliament, legislators must review the demand before September 6.
On September 6, an irregular parliamentary session called by the Speaker of Parliament took place to review the Cabinet resignation demand. At the beginning of the session, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat stated that as stories that an undercover operation on Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh was carried out by order from Prime Minister were spread to the public through the media, he asked Parliament’s Security and Foreign Policy Standing Committee to hold a meeting to investigate this issue.
The MPP’s caucus chairman D.Khayankhyrvaa underlined that the Parliamentary Review Committee (PRC) needs to hold its meeting about the reported undercover operation and report to Parliament.
He put forward a proposal to Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold to reschedule the irregular parliamentary session on Cabinet resignation until PRC holds its meeting.
As Speaker M.Enkhbold accepted D.Khayankhyrvaa’s proposal, the parliamentary session to review Cabinet resignation will take place after PRC holds its meeting on the Prime Minister’s alleged undercover operation on the Deputy Prime Minister.
PRC is made up of five MPs, including N.Enkhbold, S.Batbold and Ya.Sanjmyatav, who did not sign the demand for Cabinet resignation. The other two members of PRC, D.Tsogtbaatar and G.Zandanshatar, have signed the demand. The five legislators reviewed a report by law enforcement authorities related to the undercover operation on September 7.
After the meeting of PRC, Minister of Labor and Social Protection N.Nomtoibayar who attended the meeting stated that PRC found that Prime Minister J.Erdenebat is not involved with the spy operation.
Member of Parliament T.Ayursaikhan emphasized that Speaker M.Enkhbold violated Section 43.3 of the Constitution stating that Parliament shall review a demand for Cabinet resignation within 15 days.
The Democratic Party’s caucus chairman D.Erdenebat also noted that the party’s caucus submitted a written notification outlining that the Speaker violated the Constitution and the Act of Parliament by rescheduling the session on the Cabinet resignation demand.
As of 5:15 p.m. of September 7, Parliament reviewed a report from the meeting of PRC on the spy operation through its closed session.
A parliamentary session in progress