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Mongolian Vice Prime Minister resigned after accusing the government of corruption


Mongolian Vice Prime Minister Ugnagiain Huralsuh accused the Prime Minister Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat and Speaker of Parliament Mieegombyn Enkhbold of conspiring with several corrupt chiefs of Mongolian People’s Party or MPP, who allegedly received 60 bln Mongolian tugriks ($25 mln) for trading official posts.

Last Friday Huralsuh wrote an official resignation letter. However, before his departure the Vice Prime Minister Publicly accused two of the country’s top politicians of covering the corrupt officials, who became know as the central figures in the “60 billions” case. Today this fact was reported by АРД.

The Vice Minister explained that he no longer trusts Mongolian government and accused political leaders of looking out only for themselves, disregarding the national interests and even public safety and national security.

Earlier the same media АРД reported that during MPP’s session on the 16th of August members of the party started arguing. During this quarrel Huralsuh unexpectedly rose and declared the following: “When our party lost the previous election, I resigned voluntarily. Enkhbold! You are involved with the 60 bln tugriks case. You were the Prime Minister of this country, you were the party chief, now you work as the Speaker of Parliament. Enough. Resign from your post for the country. Leave! Erdenebat! You are bad at your job, you are bad at governance. Enough. You too should resign! If you won’t kill me, I will fight for this party till the end! I declare the Vice Prime Minister’s chair vacant. I am now addressing only the executives and not the other members of Minister Cabinet. We will fight each other when we become simple citizens, stripped of our positions.”

This announcement could mean another Mongolian political crisis is under way as existing intraparty quarrels already resulted in one of the top politicians resigning whilst declaring political war on his former colleagues and throwing serious allegations at them.

The so-called “60 billions” case came to be after Mongolian media published a recording that appears to be of “several Mongolian People’s Party chiefs discussing ways to get their hands on 60 billions of tugriks, including contemplating trading governmental posts for it.” The authenticity of this tape remains in question and still no official inquiry regarding those civil servants has taken place.

Source: АРД.