Mongolian elections muddied by graft scandals


ULAN BATOR: Mongolians will pick a new president after a campaign marred by corruption scandals plaguing all three candidates, from jobs for cash to offshore accounts and donations from an alleged cult.

The allegations have sapped enthusiasm among voters in a country that remains mired in poverty despite having billions of dollars worth of natural resources buried beneath its sprawling steppes.

“We are forced to choose the lesser of three evils,” Dugersurengiin Sukhjargalmaa, a former member of the Mongolia People’s Party (MPP) said.

The candidates are Mieygombo Enkhbold for the Mongolian People’s Party – which controls the parliament – Khaltmaa Battulga for the opposition Democratic Party (DP) and Sainkhuu Ganbaatar for the Mongolian People’s Revolutio­nary Party. — AFP

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