Mongolian voters head to polls on the back of economic uncertainty


ULAN BATOR: Mongolians traveled to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new national government as the country struggles to monetize its vast natural resources amid slumping demand for commodities from its largest trade partner China. The contest largely comes down to a choice between the ruling Democratic Party and the opposition Mongolian People’s Party. On both sides campaigns have been heavy on bromides about economic development but light on concrete proposals for tackling voter concerns, including improving the country’s educational and health care systems. In the lead up to the election, voters expressed their frustration with the country’s poor governance and weakened economy, and many said they feared a repeat of 2008 riots that followed claims of election tampering.



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