Since its for­ma­tion, Par­lia­ment has had very low at­ten­dance, but the at­ten­dance of the ir­reg­u­lar par­lia­men­tary ses­sion held on Septem­ber 7 to re­view Cab­i­net res­ig­na­tion reached 96 per­cent, which shows that Mon­go­lian politi­cians can co­op­er­ate with one an­other pro­vided mu­tual in­ter­ests are at stake.

Through the me­dia, some po­lit­i­cal ob­servers are talk­ing about the head of the next gov­ern­ment and how the next gov­ern­ment will be formed and re­place­ment Cab­i­net mem­bers, es­pe­cially the next Prime Min­is­ter. This is the most im­por­tant is­sue for Mon­go­lia’s pol­i­tics this month as the gov­ern­ment will draft the 2018 state bud­get and re­solve many other is­sues re­lated to the na­tion’s so­cioe­co­nomics within the few months left in this year.

Peo­ple are look­ing at the date of the Mon­go­lian Peo­ple’s Party’s congress, made up of 310 key party mem­bers, as its cen­tral agenda will be the ap­point­ment of the next Prime Min­is­ter and most peo­ple be­lieve that the congress will be held soon to an­nounce the nom­i­na­tion for the next Premier.

An­a­lysts ex­pect that Vice Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ts.Nyam­dorj, Act­ing Deputy Prime Min­is­ter U.Khurel­sukh, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter S.Bat­bold, and for­mer Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs N.Enkhbold or the MPP’s cau­cus chair­man D.Khayankhyr­vaa are most likely can­di­dates to be­come the 30th Prime Min­is­ter of Mon­go­lia.

Few days ago, J.Er­denebat, the 29th Premier, Ts.Nyam­dorj and U.Khurel­sukh were con­sid­ered to be the main nom­i­nees for a new party chair­man, but J.Er­denebat has been put out of the race due to his Cab­i­net’s col­lapse, which cre­ates some op­por­tu­ni­ties for sev­eral other politi­cians to race for the party chair­man­ship.

Ts.Nyam­dorj has been a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for 25 years in a row, which means that he has been elected seven times since 1992 and a lot of peo­ple be­lieve that he is the most ex­pe­ri­enced par­lia­men­tar­ian. Many pun­dits have said that as hav­ing a great in­ter­est to be­come the next party chair­man and the 30th Premier, he ac­tively spoke out for J.Er­denebat’s res­ig­na­tion through the me­dia.

Many be­lieve that for­mer Deputy Min­is­ter U.Khurel­sukh made a lot of at­tempts to dis­band J.Er­denebat’s Cab­i­net and was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the in­sti­ga­tors of Cab­i­net res­ig­na­tion de­mand be­cause he has the great­est in­ter­est to move up the party lad­der. Many be­lieve that U.Khurel­sukh is a pa­triot and en­cour­age him to be a po­lit­i­cal leader think­ing that he has the abil­ity the play the lead­er­ship role in pol­i­tics, but some crit­i­cize that he is a pop­ulist only out to win pub­lic fa­vor.

As S.Bat­bold served as the 26th Prime Min­is­ter from 2009 to 2012, the years of Mon­go­lia’s min­ing boom in which the na­tion’s GDP growth jumped to 17.5 per­cent, many say that he is the luck­i­est Premier. He is one of the coun­try’s rich­est and most ed­u­cated politi­cians, who has grad­u­ated from the Moscow State In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and the Lon­don Busi­ness School, and owns stock from a wide range of com­pa­nies and prop­er­ties such Al­tai Trad­ing Hold­ing and Ching­gis Ho­tel, Sky­tel cel­lar op­er­a­tor and E-mart.

S.Bat­bold has the po­ten­tial to turn re­sults of po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness games around by tak­ing ad­van­tage of mis­takes from the bat­tle between oth­ers as he is an ex­pe­ri­enced diplo­mat who served as an at­tache and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs for sev­eral years.

N.Enkhbold and D.Khayankhyr­vaa are in a fac­tion with Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter J.Er­denebat and M.Enkhbold, the cur­rent party chair­man, and some say that they are “M.Enkhbold’s men”.

Ob­servers be­lieve that both politi­cians are most likely to run for the party chair­man­ship elec­tion rep­re­sent­ing the fac­tion.

From 2000 to present day, N.Enkhbold has been a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment rep­re­sent­ing Tuv Prov­ince, where MPP chair­man M.Enkhbold was elected from three times. N.Enkhbold served a Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs in M.Enkhbold’s Cab­i­net from 2006 to 2007, and M.Enkhbold also helped him be­come a Cab­i­net Sec­re­tar­iat from 2007 to 2008.

Some MPP mem­bers be­lieve that as D.Khayankhyr­vaa has been ac­tively work­ing as the party’s cau­cus chair­man for a whole year and he was a Min­is­ter of Fi­nance with M.Enkhbold’s sup­port for few months, he has the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a nom­i­nee of the next chair­man.

Yes­ter­day there have been ru­mors on so­cial me­dia that Act­ing Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and In­ter­nal Af­fairs S.Byam­bat­sogt will be nom­i­nated in the party chair­man­ship elec­tion, rep­re­sent­ing M.Enkhbold’s fac­tion.

Pun­dits say that M.Enkhbold will try to main­tain the po­si­tion of the party chair­man or sup­port a suc­ces­sor who he trusts.

All in all, ex­pect to see a fierce bat­tle between veteran politi­cians of the MPP for the party’s chair­man­ship and for the of­fice of the Premier.






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