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Economy Woes Lift Mongolian Opposition to Power in Landslide

  • MPP wins 65 seats in Great Hural; ruling Democrats win nine
  • Commodity slump, rising debt made vote referendum on economy
Mongolian soldiers stand in a polling booth after voting in the Mongolian parliamentary election in Ulan Bator on June 29, 2016. Mongolians headed to the polls on June 29 to elect a new national government as the country struggles to monetise its vast natural resources amid slumping demand for commodities from its largest trade partner China. / AFP / BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR (Photo credit should read BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Mongolian People’s Party was expected to trim spending after returning to power after a landslide election that focused voters’ attention on slowing economic growth and a doubling of external debt under the ruling party.

The MPP, which ruled uncontested for decades during Mongolia’s communist era, won 65 of the 76 seats in the Great Hural, General Election Commission chief Choinzon Sodnomtseren said Thursday, citing preliminary results. The ruling Democratic Party conceded defeat after winning just nine seats, down from 38 previously. Turnout was just more than 72 percent.