U.Khurelsukh and M.Enkhbold speak to media
Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh held a press conference at the State Palace on November 22.
U.Khurelsukh stressed, “Carrying out reforms of the state and the Mongolian People’s Party is my responsibility, and sometimes my reform efforts fail due to lack of authority under the law, but I will do it with support of the public.”
“I demanded Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold and some other people including the former caucus chairman and the mayor of Ulaanbaatar to resign as I believe that they have to take ethical responsibilities for their inactive operations and illegal actions, but they started fighting me and they are seeking my Cabinet’s resignation. To be honest, they are afraid of justice. You can look at those who have signed the demand for Cabinet resignation,” the prime minister noted.
U.Khurelsukh said, “If you take a look at the figures and faces of people signing the demand for Cabinet’s resignation, their faces will tell you who they are. They are the greatest representatives from those who misappropriated the country’s valuable assets and mineral resources for many years, and associates and children of oligarchs controlling the country.”
The prime minister underlined that he supports a parliamentary system, not a presidential system, but Mongolia needs to revisit the current parliamentary system to improve it, and that he prefers a bicameral legislature.
In addition, the premier underlined that he started holding accountability to those took loans from the Fund to Develop Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, and the government already held some of them accountable.
He said that if Minister of Roads and Transportation Ya.Sodbaatar is found guilty of engagement in the SME loan misappropriation by law enforcement agencies, he will fire the minister.
U.Khurelsukh said, “I am ready to bring those who violated the law to justice, but I will do it under the law, nobody should be discriminated.”
He noted, “Nearly 500 men, including some military and police officers asked me on the evening of November 18 to meet with me at the party’s headquarters. During my meeting with them, they told me that they are joining a march for justice, but I calmed down.”
U.Khurelsukh emphasized, “I will never call on the public to join any activities such as a riot or others that will bring chaos in society.”
He noted that some members of MPP asked him to oust 27 lawmakers who have signed the demand for Cabinet resignation, but he will not oust them.
Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold gave an interview about the recent disputes within MPP to the Mongolian National Broadcaster this weekend.
In the interview, M.Enkhbold emphasized that although some lawmakers have been boycotting parliamentary session in recent days, Parliament has been holding its sessions to review crucial issues on time, but Cabinet ministers are still encouraging some lawmakers to boycott parliamentary sessions.
He noted that the government’s responsibility is to ensure the implementation of the Constitution and other laws, and present its performances to Parliament, but the government’s head has been taking actions in violation of the law.
M.Enkhbold underlined that as Chairman of MPP U.Khurelsukh cannot fulfill his responsibilities to ensure the party’s internal operations, and the disputes within the party are still unresolved.
The speaker noted that two members of the National Security Council, including the president and prime minister, called on the public at a parliamentary session and some other meetings to join marches and protests, which might push the country into a chaotic situation.
He stated that as calling on the public to join illegal activities will be unconstitutional, he reminded the president and prime minister to fulfill their responsibilities by ensuring the nation’s stability.
M.Enkhbold said, “I can take ethical responsibility for my fault, for instance, after losing to my opponent in the 2017 presidential election, I stepped down from the party’s chairmanship at my own request, but today I did not commit an action that warrants my resignation from my current job, and I don’t wish to abandon my job as speaker at this challenging time.”
He added, “U.Khurelsukh is blaming me for selling Ulaanbaatar’s land illegally by abusing my power when I was mayor of Ulaanbaatar, it is an attempt from him to undermine my reputation. When I served as the mayor, I sold U.Khurelsukh a land in the central area of Ulaanbaatar and U.Khurelsukh might have made more money from selling that land.”