Ruling party candidate fails to make presidential runoff
ULAANBAATAR | The Mongolian ruling party’s candidate lost in presidential elections to a populist business tycoon and a nationalist wanting the country to benefit more from its mineral wealth, preliminary results early Tuesday showed. The election was headed for a runoff.
The Mongolian People’s Party’s Miyegombo Enkhbold, speaker of the parliament and a horse dealer, garnered only 30 percent of about 1.3 million votes cast Monday, according to the General Election Commission.
Business tycoon Khaltmaa Battulga of the Democratic Party won 39 percent, while nationalist Sainkhuu Ganbaatar of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, a vocal critic of mining giant Rio Tinto’s operations in the country, garnered 32 percent.
While the nation of 3 million had been an oasis of democratic stability since the end of communist rule nearly three decades ago, its politics have grown increasingly fractious amid an economic crisis and accusations of corruption among the ruling class.