06/27/2013, 00.00
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More than half of Mongols vote Elbergordj into second term

In government since 2009 , the driving force in economic growth, Elbergordji wins election. He will continue the fight against corruption and coordinate economic development.

Ulan Bator (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Elbergdorj Tsakhia has been confirmed as President of Mongolia with 50.2% of votes. At the end of an election campaign dominated by the debate on corruption and resource management, the outgoing president, in office since 2009, exceeded the second candidate by nearly 9%. All the votes were counted, but the result will not be confirmed until the ballots arrive in the capital.

The leader of the Opposition People's Party,  Baterden Badamaanyambu, idol of Mongolian wrestling and law graduate, in fact totaled 41.5% of votes, followed by Dr. Udval Natsag, former Minister of Health, with 8%.


Elbergordj, who can count on the support of the middle class, graduated from Harvard and was a protagonist of the peaceful revolution in 1990 that marked the end of the Communist leadership. During his first term, he promoted a tough fight against corruption, while stimulating foreign investment. In 2012, Mongolia has experienced a phase of economic expansion of 12%, thanks to the discovery of vast mineral resources such as coal, copper and gold. The management of these resources, in a country where most of the population lives below the poverty line, is one of the main objectives of the reconfirmed government. 'We will use the time we have left to root out corruption and promote sustainable development "said the Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov, also chairman of Elbergordji's Democratic Party.

 

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