NEW CABINET BY OCTOBER 11
MPP SCRAMBLES TO APPOINT
Newly appointed Prime Minister of Mongolia U.Khurelsukh is expected to announce his Cabinet appointments to Parliament at the latest on October 11, as it marks the end of the constitutionally allowed deadline to form Cabinet.
The nominees for the ministers were supposed to be determined at the Mongolian People’s Party’s caucus meeting on October 8. The process has been drawn-out based on differences of interests and opinions on who should be nominated.
The divide amongst the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) has been at the backdrop of the dismissal of the previous administration and the appointment of its successors.
“There is a divide in our party. It serves no use to lie or to hide it. The Prime Minister has to take control and provide unity. Yet, he has not done anything to improve understanding. We want to stop having two separate meetings with 32 MPs and 33 MPs. We want to meet as the majority in Parliament, all 65 of us,” said MPP legislator U.Enkhtuvshin recently.
The two parties in Parliament were supposed to have a caucus meeting but reports indicate that the MPP’s caucus did not convene.
The opposition party in Parliament, the Democratic Party, expanded its meeting to include party members that do not hold government positions. The 2018 budget amendment was the main topic of the meeting on October 9.
In contrast, MPP members decided not tohold a caucus meeting and instead spent the day discussing the issues of appointment in separate meetings. Unofficial reports indicate that a deal was made between the leading members of the two factions in MPP, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh and Parliament Speaker M.Enkhbold.
Some local media have reportedthat the faction that was for the dismissal of the previous administration will appoint nine ministers while the faction that was against the dismissal of the previous Cabinet will appoint six members.
The two factions could hold a MPP caucus meeting to iron out the nominees but some analysts believe that since a deal has been struck, MPP will go straight to the President to finalize the nominations.
The majority party has to nominate Cabinet members in consultation with President Kh.Battulga and then submit their nominations to Parliament for further review. Local media report that both factions of MPP have prioritized forming the new Cabinet within this week, as urgent issues of the IMF extended fund facility and bond repayment issues need to be addressed.
The rumored nominations of ministers after the alleged deal between the two factions of MPP was reported by news.mn. Deputy Minister:
Minister of Environment and Tourism: Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Minister of Finance:
Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs: Minister of Labor and Social Protection: Minister of Defense:
Minister of Construction and Urban Development: Minister of Education, Culture, Science, and Sports: Minister of Roads and Transport:
Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry: Minister of Agriculture and Light Industry: Minister of Energy:
Minister of Health: MP L.Enkh-Amgalan MP G.Zandanshatar MP O.Sodbileg MP D.Tsogtbaatar MP Ch.Khurelbaatar MP Sh.Radnaased MP S.Chinzorig MP N.Tserenbat MP Kh.Badelkhan MP Ts.Tsogzolmaa MP J.Bat-Erdene MP D.Sumiyabazar MP B.Batzorig MP Ts.Davaasuren MP D.Sarangerel
Newly appointed PM U.Khurelsukh has until October
11 to submit Cabinet nominations to Parliament