Mongolian President Ts Elbegdorj wins a second term

from the Financial Times..

June 27, 2013

By Leslie Hook in Beijing

Mongolia’s incumbent President Ts Elbegdorj is set for a second term in office after being re-elected in Wednesday’s election, paving the way for a period of stability in Mongolian politics as the country seeks to develop its vast resources of copper, gold and coal.


Mongolia goes to the polls


Fighting corruption has become one of his chief priorities, and during his time in office he passed a series of judicial reforms aimed at making the legal system more independent. One of the more controversial targets of the government’s recent corruption campaign was former prime minister Nambaryn Enkhbayar, who ran against Mr Elbegdorj in the 2009 presidential election and was imprisoned last year on corruption charges.

In an interview with the FT in 2012, Mr Elbegdorj said Mongolia’s political freedoms are its greatest guarantee against the “resources curse” that has plagued many countries endowed with mineral wealth. “We are proud that Mongolia has evolved as the nation with the freest economy, politics and society in the region,” he said.

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