Mongolia's Uneven Boom

Its election will be a referendum on whether mining has enriched a few at the expense of many
The population of Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, has doubled in the past two years, giving rise to sprawling shantytowns Photograph by Alessandro Grassani/Luzphoto

As Mongolia prepares for parliamentary elections on June 28, the resource-rich Central Asian country buzzes with campaign activity. On a sunny afternoon vans festooned with the banners and flags of the Democratic Party and Mongolian People’s Party careen through the potholed streets of Ulaanbaatar, loudspeakers blaring out the candidates’ virtues. Students march through the city center wearing T-shirts bearing the images of those vying for the 76 legislative seats.

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