MPP con­fer­ence sees es­ca­lat­ing dis­putes

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

On De­cem­ber 19, the 28th con­fer­ence of the Mon­go­lian Peo­ple’s Party (MPP) was opened by the Chair­man of MPP and Prime Min­is­ter U.Khurel­sukh. Sixty-six per­cent of the con­fer­ence’s 396 mem­bers at­tended the con­fer­ence.

There was a ru­mor that the party board de­cided to oust some law­mak­ers, in­clud­ing N.Nom­toiba­yar, J.Munkhbat, and M.Enkhbold, from the party, but this was not the case.

As a re­sult of the full day con­fer­ence, Chair­man U.Khurel­sukh pro­posed to hold ac­count­abil­ity to Speaker M.Enkhbold, and 95 per­cent of the con­fer­ence’s at­ten­dees agreed with the chair­man’s pro­posal.

On De­cem­ber 20, MPP sched­uled to hold a news con­fer­ence about de­ci­sions from the De­cem­ber 19 con­fer­ence, but all me­dia agen­cies de­clined to re­port the news con­fer­ence as the press be­lieve that the long-stand­ing dis­putes within MPP has stalled state op­er­a­tions and they are fight­ing for power by putting aside the na­tion’s in­ter­ests in fa­vor of their own in­ter­ests. The press con­fer­ence was can­celled be­cause of press protest.

In his open­ing re­marks, U.Khurel­sukh said, “A po­lit­i­cal party that does not lis­ten to the peo­ple’s and its mem­bers’ opin­ions will col­lapse, a party that can­not take mea­sures for what the peo­ple want will lose elec­tions. We have more work to re­form the party and have to start the re­form. It is time to re­form the party. MPP is not a po­lit­i­cal party for oli­garchs. I can­not over­look the way that rich peo­ple are tak­ing con­trol of the party’s lead­er­ship through il­le­gal ac­tions by abus­ing their pow­ers, so I started hold­ing ac­count­abil­ity to those who en­gaged in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties. There are many peo­ple in the party who are get­ting a lot of prof­its from Mon­go­lia’s min­eral re­sources ev­ery day. Speaker of Par­lia­ment M.Enkhbold has many achieve­ments, but M.Enkhbold made an at­tempt to cap­ture state power through il­le­gal ac­tions. M.Enkhbold’s en­gage­ment in the plot to raise a lot of money for the cam­paign fund­ing of the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions by sell­ing gov­ern­ment po­si­tions was re­vealed to the pub­lic, which is why sev­eral times I stated that M.Enkhbold should leave of­fice as early as pos­si­ble, but he still holds onto his po­si­tion, ig­nor­ing de­mands of the party chair­man, law­mak­ers and the pub­lic. Af­ter be­com­ing the prime min­is­ter, I rec­og­nized a group de­fend­ing the in­ter­ests of an oli­garchy con­trol­ling the coun­try which ex­ists amongst us. Since then, I have ded­i­cated my en­tire ef­forts to get­ting rid of the group from the party and state. This con­fer­ence will make a de­ci­sion in fa­vor of more than 200,000 mem­bers of MPP and over three mil­lion Mon­go­lians in sup­port of my ef­forts for bring­ing jus­tice to so­ci­ety.”

Through­out his speech, the prime min­is­ter said he will en­sure that his party is a peo­ple’s party, not a party of oli­garchs.

M.Enkhbold stated, “As a re­sult of the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, the party un­der my lead­er­ship took 65 out of 76 seats in Par­lia­ment. MPP won 20 prov­inces and more than 200 soums, and six dis­tricts in the 2016 lo­cal elec­tions. Law en­force­ment agen­cies in­ves­ti­gated the 60 bil­lion MNT case four times and closed the case each time. Leav­ing of­fice is not a hard de­ci­sion for me but to­day is not an ap­pro­pri­ate time. Some peo­ple have an in­ter­est to link the small and medium-sized en­ter­prise loan scan­dal to the 60 bil­lon MNT case.”

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, law­maker D.Oyunkhorol noted that since win­ning the 2012 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, the Demo­cratic Party (DP) broke the peo­ple’s trust and lost the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

D.Oyunkhorol said that as the on­go­ing dis­putes within the party is break­ing the pub­lic’s trust and un­der­min­ing the party’s rep­u­ta­tion, U.Khurel­sukh and M.Enkhbold should un­der­stand each other by stop­ping the con­fronta­tion be­tween them, and ex­pressed her per­sonal hope that the con­fer­ence will re­solve the on­go­ing “mis­un­der­stand­ing” within the party.

Sev­eral con­fer­ence mem­bers, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Ts.Nyam­dorj and for­mer Speaker of Par­lia­ment D.Dem­berel, asked Speaker M.Enkhbold to re­sign in or­der to con­tinue state op­er­a­tions. Ts.Nyam­dorj stressed that as half of law­mak­ers be­lieve that M.Enkhbold has

no right to chair par­lia­men­tary ses­sions, M.Enkhbold has no choice but to leave of­fice.

Some mem­bers of MPP wanted to en­ter the head­quar­ters of MPP where the con­fer­ence was tak­ing place to ex­press their opin­ions to Chair­man U.Khurel­sukh, but the con­fer­ence’s se­cu­rity guards did not al­low them to en­ter the head­quar­ters. The mem­bers protested the con­fer­ence by hold­ing signs read­ing, “Hold ac­count­abil­ity to those who en­gaged in small and medium-sized en­ter­prise loan mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion!”

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, new chair­man of MPP’s cap­i­tal branch and Min­is­ter of Min­ing and Heavy In­dus­try D.Su­miyabazar be­came a new mem­ber of the party board. As S.Bat­bold stepped down as the cap­i­tal branch chair­man, D.Su­miyabazar re­placed S.Bat­bold in the party’s board. The board of 29 mem­bers is a key body of MPP that makes key de­ci­sions re­lated to the party.

In ad­di­tion, Chair­man of the City Coun­cil of Ulaan­baatar S.Amar­saikhan re­placed for­mer cau­cus chair­man of the MPP D.Khayankhyarvaa in the board.

MPP con­fer­ence in ses­sion

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