U.Khurel­sukh and M.Enkhbold speak to me­dia

The UB Post - - Politics -

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.”

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