Mongolia Ex-President to Appeal Being Barred From Next Election

Mongolia’s ex-president Nambaryn Enkhbayar plans to appeal after the government barred him and his son from contesting this month’s parliamentary election.

Enkhbayar, who heads the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, and his son Batshugar this week will lodge an appeal with the country’s election committee and the constitutional court, Batshugar said today by phone in the capital of Ulan Bator. Three calls to the election committee offices and an e-mail seeking comments weren’t answered.

The refusal of Enkhbayar’s candidacy was based on article 27.5.2 of the elections law, which states contenders must show they have sufficient knowledge, education, and experience to represent citizens, Batshugar said. Enkhbayar, who attended the Moscow Institute of Literature and Leeds University in the U.K., was Mongolian president from 2005 until 2009 and before that served as a prime minister.

Enkhbayar remains in the hospital as he recovers from a 10- day hunger strike he initiated last month to protest his detention on corruption allegations. The anti-corruption authority of Mongolia made the arrest after Enkhbayar failed to show up for questioning over a period of about a year, according to a May 15 e-mailed statement by the authority.

“They’re doing everything to keep us away from the elections,” Batshugar said. His own candidacy was refused by the election committee because he failed to register for military duty during specified days, Batshugar said, adding that he couldn’t legally carry out the registration on those days because he was a suspect in a court case.

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