(ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia) — Preliminary election outcomes present the Mongolian Folks’s Occasion retaining a powerful parliamentary majority, profitable 62 of 76 seats, because the landlocked U.S. ally sandwiched between Russia and China seeks to retain its democratic traditions amid financial woes.
The primary opposition Democratic Occasion received 11 seats, whereas three others had been taken by independents and coalitions, the Common Election Fee reported on Thursday.
Wednesday’s polls had been held amid appreciable success within the nation’s combat in opposition to the coronavirus, with simply 215 circumstances of COVID-19 recorded. All of them had been imported and nobody has died.
Folks lining as much as vote within the capital, Ulaanbaatar, had been required to keep up a distance of two meters (6.5 toes) between them. As soon as contained in the polling place, election staff checked their temperatures and distributed hand sanitizer.
Financial malaise, corruption and weak public companies dominated considerations among the many nation’s 3.2 million folks, about half of whom dwell in Ulaanbaatar.
Turnout was greater than 73% among the many nation’s 2 million eligible voters.
Mongolia has maintained a virtually 30-year democracy instituted after a brand new structure was adopted in 1992 following six a long time of communism.
The MPP’s majority is down barely from the 65 seats it received in 2016’s election for the State Nice Khural. Some scattered rural communities had but to report their outcomes, however that was not anticipated to have a major influence on the ultimate end result.