The Democratic Party’s (DP) recently appointed Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg will join hands with the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), the opposition party in Parliament, to form a coalition government that promises to end the economic crisis without taking on more national debt.
At Saturday’s MPP meeting, over 200 members of the party voted to form a coalition government at the request of the Prime Minister, a decision backed by the Mongolian Employers’ United Association and Trade Union.
The party presented results of their poll taken among 2,500 residents in nine districts of Ulaanbaatar and 10 provinces at a press conference. According to the poll results, 52 percent of residents were in favor the coalition government. Those that were not in support of the coalition government were largely groups that “lived in rural areas and were less educated”, according to the MPP.
Some political observers are not convinced by the poll and the reasoning behind the MPP’s decision to join the coalition government.
After Ch.Saikhabileg’s appointment, independent MP S.Ganbaatar said that if a joint government was formed, there would not be any opposition party in Parliament and Mongolia would fall back to single party rule, which would undermine the country’s democracy.
At the MPP meeting, MP Ts.Nyamdorj presented an opposing view and said, “The Democratic Party leans on us when they grow tired and put us in jail when they expand and are energized.”
Shortly after Ch.Saikhanbileg was elected by his party to become Prime Minister, Z.Enkhbold, Speaker of Parliament and Head of DP said that there will not be any political party heads in the new cabinet as they would, “obstruct cabinet decisions due to party interests.”
But it looks like that will not be the case in the new coalition government led by Ch.Saikhanbileg.