CAB­I­NET SUR­VIVES

The UB Post - - Front Page - By T.BAYARBAT

Aheated ses­sion of Par­lia­ment took place on Fri­day to re­view the de­mand for Cab­i­net’s res­ig­na­tion. The two fac­tions of law­mak­ers rep­re­sent­ing the Mon­go­lian Peo­ple’s Party (MPP) in Par­lia­ment, which are led by Prime Min­is­ter U.Khurel­sukh and Speaker of Par­lia­ment M.Enkhbold, grilled each other through­out the day.

The ses­sion at­ten­dance reached a record high for this year as 73 out of 75 law­mak­ers par­tic­i­pated in the Novem­ber 30 ses­sion, mean­ing all law­mak­ers at­tended the ses­sion, ex­clud­ing G.Munkht­set­seg and B.Bat­zorig who are on a trip abroad.

When the fi­nal vote for Cab­i­net res­ig­na­tion took place, 40 law­mak­ers (54.8 per­cent) voted against the Cab­i­net res­ig­na­tion de­mand, while 33 voted for the de­ci­sion of State Struc­ture Stand­ing Com­mit­tee that ac­cepted Cab­i­net’s res­ig­na­tion, se­cur­ing U.Khurel­sukh’s seat as prime min­is­ter.

Once in­de­pen­dent law­mak­ers S.Javkhlan voted for U.Khurel­sukh, three of the Demo­cratic Party (DP)’s nine law­mak­ers L.Bold, J.Batzan­dan, and D.Mu­rat sup­ported U.Khurel­sukh, and six oth­ers voted for Cab­i­net’s res­ig­na­tion. The sole law­maker rep­re­sent­ing the Mon­go­lian Peo­ple’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Party O.Baasankhuu voted against U.Khurel­sukh.

Dur­ing the ses­sion, law­maker S.Javkhlan said, “I lis­tened to the opin­ions of peo­ple who elected me to Par­lia­ment on Cab­i­net’s res­ig­na­tion, and they said to me that I have to vote against Cab­i­net’s res­ig­na­tion, not only my vot­ers, but also most Mon­go­lians are stand­ing against U.Khurel­sukh’s Cab­i­net col­lapse, so I will vote against Cab­i­net res­ig­na­tion.”

S.Javkhlan called on MPP law­mak­ers to stop their dis­putes over the on­go­ing strug­gle for in­flu­ence in the leg­is­la­ture and ex­ec­u­tive state branch.

Cau­cus Chair­man of DP D. Er­denebat said, “The on­go­ing dis­pute with MPP is un­der­min­ing the coun­try, and a long-stand­ing con­flict be­tween MPP law­mak­ers is re­veal­ing the party’s real face be­fore Mon­go­lians’ eyes, and if the law­mak­ers can­not ful­fill their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and du­ties, we have to dis­band Par­lia­ment.”

D. Er­denebat em­pha­sized that Par­lia­ment is a leg­isla­tive in­sti­tu­tion, not court or busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion, but to­day’s some law­mak­ers are abus­ing the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of the na­tion’s leg­is­la­ture and un­der­min­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of Par­lia­ment.

The cau­cus chair­man stressed that as the gov­ern­ment is not an in­sti­tu­tion that makes busi­ness and U. Khurel­sukh’s Cab­i­net can­not en­sure fair com­pe­ti­tion for a fair and free mar­ket, he sup­ports the de­mand for Cab­i­net’s res­ig­na­tion.

He said that the prime min­is­ter’s prom­ises to bring jus­tice to so­ci­ety, and strengthen dis­ci­pline and en­sure ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency in the state ap­pa­ra­tus seem to sound like an il­lu­sion.

D. Er­denebat as­serted that both M. Enkhbold and U. Khurel­sukh should step down from their cur­rent po­si­tions to re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence in the leg­is­la­ture and gov­ern­ment.

Chair­man of DP S. Er­dene stated that U.K hurel­sukh is spend­ing a lot of money for “PR” to con­sol­i­date his Cab­i­net for a short pe­riod of time by tak­ing ad­van­tage of so­cial me­dia to ma­nip­u­late the pub­lic, and this is why U. Khurel­sukh started talk­ing about jus­tice only after his Cab­i­net was faced with an ul­ti­ma­tum.

He asked the prime min­is­ter why he did not bring jus­tice to so­ci­ety dur­ing his one year and three months in of­fice.

O. Baasankhuu said that U. Khurel­sukh did not ful­fill his prom­ises, and he is still mak­ing his prom­ises un­til to­day, which means that he should not be al­lowed to con­tinue on as the head of state.

Speaker M. Enkhbold stated that some law­mak­ers are mak­ing po­lit­i­cal moves to un­der­mine his rep­u­ta­tion, but they are mis­lead­ing peo­ple about the op­er­a­tions of na­tional law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties by clam­ming that M. Enkhbold con­trols the law en­force­ment sys­tem.

He said that law­mak­ers have to stop dis­tribut­ing “fake” news to ma­nip­u­late the pub­lic.

U. Khurel­sukh said that he will con­tinue his re­form to bring jus­tice to so­ci­ety and de­stroy a “wall of in­jus­tice” which hides “bil­lion­aires born from the state”, oli­garchs con­trol­ling the coun­try, and their as­so­ci­ates.

The prime min­is­ter added that he will keep de­mand­ing M. Enkhbold’s res­ig­na­tion as speaker of Par­lia­ment.

...D. Er­denebat as­serted that both M. Enkhbold and U. Khurel­sukh should step down from their cur­rent po­si­tions to re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence in the leg­is­la­ture and gov­ern­ment...

Photo by G.ARGUUJIN

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