The unusual detention of Mongolia’s former president could last until the eve of next month’s elections, throwing into doubt his political comeback and dealing a setback to what had been considered a relatively healthy democratic system. Enkhbayar Nambar was jailed last month on allegations he illegally profited in office. Last week, a judge extended the detention by two months, until days before June 28 parliamentary elections in which Mr. Enkhbayar planned to run. Mr. Enkhbayar on Friday sent messages to supporters gathered outside the prison in which he pledged to protest his detention by ingesting only liquids, according to his attorney and family members. They said they have had only limited access to the 53-year-old, and worry that his health is failing.Full Article: Jailing Complicates Mongolia Election - WSJ.com.
May 8 2012