12 Aug '17, 2am

Mongolia’s new president is Mongolia first and China last https://t.co/HwWvE3hIn3

Mongolia’s new president is Mongolia first and China last https://t.co/HwWvE3hIn3

Author: Sharad K. Soni, Jawaharlal Nehru University The inauguration on 10 July 2017 of Democratic Party (DP) candidate Khaltmaa Battulga as Mongolia’s new president was important for maintaining political balance in a parliament dominated by the opposing Mongolian People’s Party (MPP). Battulga ran masterful anti-China rhetoric during his campaign to defeat his rival Miyegombo Enkhbold, the leader of the ruling MPP. Battulga, a former wrestler and populist business tycoon-turned-politician who served as a member of parliament thrice from 2004–16, won Mongolia’s first-ever presidential runoff election in a highly competitive contest held on 7 July after the 26 June election failed to produce a clear winner. Battulga gained 50.6 per cent of the vote compared to Enkhbold’s 41.2 per cent, with a voter turnout of 60.9 per cent. Enkhbold and his party quickly conceded victory t...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/08/11/mongolias-new-pre...

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