REUTERS: The main opposition Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) swept back to power in landslide Mongolia Parliamentary Elections 2016, results from Mongolia’s election committee showed on Thursday, after campaigning dominated by concern over slowing economic growth.
The transformation of the former Soviet bloc state since a peaceful revolution in 1990 has been a big draw for foreign investors eyeing its rich mineral resources, unleashing a boom from 2010 to 2012.
But an abrupt economic slowdown since 2012 has stirred controversy over the role of global mining firms such as Rio Tinto, which last month finally approved a $5.3-billion extension plan for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine.
The MPP’s victory will likely be a greeted as a tailwind for the economy and international miners, as the party’s success in attracting investors when it last held power, from 2008-2012, led to the country being nicknamed “Mine-golia”.
The MPP, which has governed for most years since the revolution, won an 85 percent majority with 65 seats in the 76-member parliament, taking back power from the Democratic Party, an unnamed official from Mongolia Parliamentary Elections 2016 committee told a press briefing.
The ruling Democratic Party won nine seats in Wednesday’s vote, down from 37. Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg, and the parliament’s chairman, Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, were among those kicked out of their seats.
“The Mongolian People’s Party’s landslide win shows the public assigning clear blame for the country’s economic woes to the outgoing Democratic Party government,” John Marrett, an analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, said in an emailed statement.
A late change of election rules hindered independents and small parties during the short 18-day campaign period.
One seat went to the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP), and one to an independent, popular folk singer Samand Javkhlan, who has taken up environmental causes.
Mongolia Parliamentary Elections 2016 – Results
|Mongolian People’s Party||636,138||65||+39|
|Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party||112,850||1||–10|
|Sovereignty and Unity||35,394||0|
|Mongolian Republican Party||23,118||0|
|Civil Movement Party||12,264||0|
|United Party of Patriots||11,826||0|
|Civil Will–Green Party||6,568||0||–2|
|Mongolian Social Democratic Party||5,308||0|
|Love the People Party||4,229||0|
|Mongolian Conservative United Party||3,283||0|
|Mongolian Conservative Party||2,055||0|
|Freedom Implementing Party||1,804||0|