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Can tough-talking, Harley-riding Khurelsukh ensure stability and a coherent economic policy?5 October 2017
Parliament confirmed Khurelsukh’s nomination Wednesday. In a speech, Khurelsukh, 49, a member of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), promised to “improve people’s lives, declare discipline and rules, fight corruption and punish those who are irresponsible,” according to AFP.
“My cabinet ... will declare justice again,” he said, adding, “don’t come to me with illegal acts as well as my cabinet members and don’t pressure us to act illegally,” Khurelsukh said.
The previous premier, Jargaltulga Erdenebat, also from the MPP, was dismissed in early September with a no-confidence vote amid accusations of incompetence and corruption. Erdenebat’s removal also came after his party was defeated in a July presidential election.
The latest political shakeup in Mongolia, where 15 different prime ministers have taken turns since its democratic revolution in the early 1990s, delayed the disbursement of bailout funds by the IMF.
In February, Mongolia was awarded a $5.5 billion rescue package to help resolve its economic crisis and stem the mounting government debt. But in September the IMF postponed a payment of about $38 million of the funds until a new government was in place.
The multinational mining companies that are eager to exploit the country’s enormous reserves of metals and coal hope the new government will be more receptive to foreign investment, Reuters says.
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