Mongolians to choose new president

Mongolians will head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president. It will be a tight race between two candidates that deliver different messages in their campaign pledges.

The presidential election is expected to be a closely fought race between incumbent President Nambaryn Enkhbayar of the Mongolian People’ Revolutionary party, or MPRP, and opposition leader, Elbegdorj Tsakhia of the Democratic Party.

Local media reports believe Enkhbayar will edge out his opponent by a slim margin on the May 24th election.

Enkhbayar has vowed to be tough on law and order.

Incumbent president & presidential candidate of MPRP Nambayn Enkhbayar said, “I’m pushing ahead with the goal of making Mongolia a country ruled by law. The rule of law will create a responsible and just government. With this kind of government, Mongolia will develop further. I will work with you in order to implement this goal.”

Elbegdorj, on the other hand, is promising ordinary Mongolians they will have a better life ahead.

Presidential candidate for Democratic Party Elbegdorj Tsakhia said, “I’m running for the presidency to improve the livelihood of the Mongolian people, to create much needed jobs, to make Mongolians the masters of Mongolia, to give freedom to our people, to create justice in society, to give Mongolians the right to control our natural resources and wealth. These are my main goals.”

The incumbent president is traditionally supported by the conservative and rural poor. A strong voter turnout in the countryside may give Enkhbayar a slight advantage.

Much of the opposition leader’s support comes from the urban middle classes.

Regarded as a liberal and populist candidate, Elbegdorj is trying to win the popular vote in the capital.


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