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Mongolia’s Parliament Begins Session; Four Seats Still Undecided

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July 6 (Bloomberg) -- Mongolia’s newly elected members of parliament began their first session today even as four of the 76 seats in the State Great Khural remain undecided.

The General Election Commission submitted the names of 72 winning candidates from last week’s nationwide vote for the president’s approval, according to a statement on President Tsakhia Elbegdorj’s website. A new vote is needed in two seats after candidates failed to gather the 28 percentage threshold stipulated by the election law, the commission said last week.

The results of two more seats contested in Uvurkhangai province are being investigated after the commission received documents alleging breeches of the election law by the winning candidates, News.mn reported yesterday. The candidates, from the Mongolian People’s Party, distributed alcohol and sweets to voters, the news agency said, citing the commission.

From the 72 names approved by the election commission, the Democratic Party leads with 31 and the MPP has 25. The Justice coalition, which includes the party of ex-president Nambaryn Enkhbayar, has 11 seats, and the Civil Will party has two seats. Three other seats went to independents.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yuriy Humber in Tokyo at yhumber@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebecca Keenan at rkeenan5@bloomberg.net

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