Politician beaten to death

AN opposition politician was beaten to death, his party said, ahead of parliamentary elections due this month.

The victim was a member of the Democratic Party (DP) and a governor of Sant Sum in central Mongolia, his party said in a statement on Sunday.

The man was killed on Saturday, the party said.

Local media named the man as B. Bayanmunkh, while a statement by his party identified him as “BB”.

The DP said it was saddened that “a star of democracy ... has lost his life at the hands of others”.

“At around 10pm, BB was killed by others during a meeting of five members of the MPP in the first round of parliamentary elections,” a party statement read, referring to the acronym of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party.

Mongolia, which is three times the size of France but has a population of 3.5 million, is due to hold parliamentary elections on June 28. — AFP

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