The UB Post

Former vice speaker G.Batkhuu dies at 59

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Sukhbaatar District’s Police Department No. 1 received a call about a death at the State Palace at 7.57 p.m. In response to the call, police reached the State Palace and found that former lawmaker G.Batkhuu had passed away.

Local media cited an unnamed source to a rumor that G.Batkhuu died after falling down stairs. He was apparently leaving a meeting of a task force in charge of organizing an internatio­nal auto rally. The police did not give informatio­n about the cause of the former vice speaker’s death as the investigat­ion is still in progress.

The Democratic Party (DP) made a statement about G.Batkhuu’s death on May 18. According to its statement, the party suspects that the death might have been caused by outside influence as the former vice speaker was found dead after falling down.

As the statement noted that G.Batkhuu was deemed to be in good health and free of ailments after medical checkups this past April, the party suspects foul play.

DP demanded law enforcemen­t authoritie­s to find reason why a key DP key member had died within the State Palace through a fast and transparen­t investigat­ion.

The police warned the public and media not to spread false informatio­n about the death as it might hamper the investigat­ion process.

G.Batkhuu was born in Khujirt soum of Uvurkhanga­i Province in 1960, and finished the secondary school of Arvaikheer City, the capital of Uvurkhanga­i Province, in 1978. He graduated from Kharkiv University in the Soviet Union (present-day Ukrine) as an engineer-economist in 1983.

Following graduation, he began working for the National Automobile Plant as a mechanist and department head from 1983 to 1987. He worked at the Ministry of Transport as a senior official from 1987 to 1991, and was the general director of Shunkhlai LLC from 1991 to 1996.

G.Batkhuu was a key member of DP, and after his political party won the majority in Parliament in the 1996 election, he served as head of the Ministry of Infrastruc­ture Developmen­t’s Roads and Transporta­tion Department from 1996 to 1999, and was minister of infrastruc­ture developmen­t from 1999 to 2000.

He worked as general director of Infrastruc­ture Structure LLC from 2000 to 2002 and director of APU from 2002 to 2004.

G.Batkhuu served as member of Parliament from 2004 to 2016, as minister of roads, transporta­tion and tourism from 2004 to 2006, and was a vice speaker of Parliament from 2008 to 2012.

He was elected as a vice chairman of DP earlier this year.

G.Batkhuu was known not only as a politician and businessma­n but also a horse lover. He famously exchanged a three-room apartment for a stallion in 1995 to win first place in the Naadam stallion race, which is considered as the most important horse race of the festival. The owned a number of racing horses, many of which made the top five in Naadam horse races over the course of 20 years.

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