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Mongolia: Elbegdorj Re-elected as Mongolia’s President | VoA News

Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhia has won a second term, in an election dominated by a debate over the country’s vast mining wealth. Preliminary results Thursday show President Elbegdorj took 50.2 percent of the previous day’s vote, narrowly clearing the 50 percent needed to avoid a run-off. His main challenger, opposition lawmaker and former pro-wrestler Baterdene Badmaanyambuu, received nearly 42 percent. The country’s first female presidential candidate, Health Minister Natsag Udval, came in a distant third place. Elbegdorj is a Harvard-educated former journalist who campaigned on promises of fighting corruption and continuing his policy of using foreign cash to power Mongolia’s rapidly growing economy.

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Mongolia: Jailing Complicates Mongolia Election | WSJ.com

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.

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Mongolia: Jailing Complicates Mongolia Election | WSJ.com

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.

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