Bosoo Khukh Mongol NGO and Noyon Uul Movement began a 24-hour sit-in calling for President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj to resign, held at the Statue for Victims of Political Persecution last Saturday, at 6:00 a.m. They are also collecting signatures from people in favor of the President’s impeachment.
Member of the Board of Directors of Bosoo Khukh Mongol NGO Kh.Beejin stated, “We’re calling for the President’s impeachment under two points. First, the President didn’t keep his promise to the public, and lost our faith. Secondly, his pardon of U.S. citizen Justin Kapla violated the Constitution. Impeachment conditions are consistent with Article 2 of Clause 35 [of the Constitution]. There’s no limit for signatures in favor of the President’s impeachment. We’ve received permission for a sit down demonstration.”
According to the protesters, President Ts.Elbegdorj violated Article 2 of Clauses 35, 49 and 50 in the Constitution of Mongolia by pardoning Justin Kapla, who was found guilty of tax evasion. Therefore, a letter to impeach President Ts.Elbegdorj was submitted to the Constitutional Court on March 12.
“We’ve watched for 25 years. We’ve had enough. We’ve been brainwashed. Now, people have even started digging up our sacred mountain. We’ve suffered enough,” P.Shinjeeravdan, Head of Bosoo Khukh Mongol NGO, posted on his Facebook page.
After demonstrating and speaking publicly about their opposition to gold mining operations being authorized at Noyon Mountain for nearly two months, the groups identified as nationalists organizations say they put their last hopes on President Ts.Elbegdorj, but the President failed to correspond with them.
The groups report that the signatures of over 22,000 people have been submitted to the President. Bosoo Khukh Mongol NGO and Noyon Uul Movement say that they don’t need a president who ignores the public’s opinion, doesn’t wish to protect Noyon Mountain, and commits actions that are different from his words. For these reasons, they’re demanding President Ts.Elbegdorj’s impeachment.