ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — The Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) retained a strong parliamentary majority, preliminary election results showed yesterday, as the United States (US)-allied nation sandwiched between Russia and China held onto its democratic principles amid economic woes.
The MPP secured 62 of 76 seats, while the main opposition Democratic Party won 11 seats and three others were taken by independents and coalitions, the General Election Commission said yesterday.
People followed strict social distancing measures during Wednesday’s vote in a vast, landlocked country that has had considerable success in fending off the coronavirus. Voters maintained two metres between them while standing in lines at polling stations in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Once inside the polling place, election workers checked their temperature and distributed hand sanitiser.
Mongolia has recorded just 216 cases of COVID-19 as of yesterday, all of them imported, and no one has died.
The election result marks the first time a single party has retained an absolute majority in consecutive elections. Previously the Mongolian People’s Party and the Democratic Party had taken turns wielding a majority in the State Great Khural or were compelled to form coalition governments.