Presidential candidates promise victory for Mongolia

The Mongol Messenger
2017-06-05 17:23:56
Last week, the General Election Commission (GEC) granted certificates of candidacy for President of Mongolia to M.Enkhbold representing the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), Kh.Battulga representing the Democratic Party (DP), and S.Ganbaatar representing the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP). Upon receiving their certificates, each candidate framed his objectives for the Presidency.

M.Enkhbold: I will win for the benefit of Mongolians
Following the ceremony, presidential candidate M.Enkhbold said, “The Mongolian People’s Party has placed its trust and confidence in me, and I am sure that I can win this election fairly”. 
“This isn’t just a presidential election, this is when Mongolians choose to put an end to the downfall of Mongolia”, he said, reiterating the importance of unity in leading Mongolia to a prosperous road.  “We will work towards a united nation”, he said.
He also spoke of his determination to win the election and work for the people, citing a letter he had written to his fellow candidates from DP and MPRP, calling for a fair competition.  The party’s candidates gathered outside the GEC building to support their candidate. 

Enkhbold Miyegombo was born on July 19, 1964 in Ulaanbaatar and graduated from the 1st School of Ulaanbaatar in 1982.  He studied economy at the National University of Mongolia and graduated in 1987.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in economic science. 
During his 27 years in politics, he served in numerous organizations starting from economist to Prime Minister of Mongolia.  He joined the then Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party and the present Mongolian People’s Party in 1990.  He led the Mongolian People’s Party since 2013, and has been elected as a Member of Parliament since 2005. 
He worked as Mayor of Ulaanbaatar from 1999 to 2006, Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007, Deputy Prime Minister from 2007 to 2012, Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2012 to 2016 and Speaker of Parliament from 2016. 
Aside from politics, M.Enkhbold worked as a member of the National Olympics Committee from 2000 to 2012 and has been President of the Federation of Mongolian Horse Racing Sport and Trainers since 2008, member of the Mongolian Academy of Science since 2009 and Head of ‘Manzushir Hutagt’ foundation since 2011. 

Kh.Battulga: Mongolians will triumph

As DP candidate Kh.Battulga received his certificate and joined members of the Democratic Party and Civil Will-Green Party gathered outside the GEC building to express their support.  Leadership of the Civil Will – Green Party expressed that the party will be supporting DP candidate Kh.Battulga in this election.
For his part, presidential candidate Kh.Battulga said, “It’s less than a month until the election.  Although it will be an outpowered battle, I am ready for the election.  Mongolians will triumph”.  Also, Chairman of Democratic Party S.Erdene called for fair competition saying that the party had always adhered to the principles of free and fair elections.
D.Byambasuren, the 17th Prime Minister of Mongolia was present among Kh.Battulga’s supporters and emphasized that Mongolia needs a head of state to ensure national security and unity.

Battulga Khaltmaa was born on March 3, 1963 in Ulaanbaatar.  He graduated from the 34th School of Ulaanbaatar and Mongolian Fine Arts Institute in 1982.  Although a painter by profession, Battulga is known as a wrestler and businessman by the public.   
From 1979 to 1990, he was a member of National Sambo wrestling team, and is a Sambo World Champion.  Business-wise, he was the CEO of ‘Jenco’ LLC from 1990-2004, he led Bayangol Hotel JSC from 1997 to 2004 and also led Makh Impex JSC from 1999 to 2004. 
Battulga was elected a Member of Parliament three times from 2004 to 2016. He worked as Minister of Road, Transport, Construction and Urban Development in 2008-2012 and Minister of Industry and Agriculture in 2012-2014. 
He joined the Democratic Party in 2006.  The same year, he was elected President of the Mongolian Judo Federation and heads the federation until today.  He is also Chairman of Mongolian Democratic Union, a political movement that played a leading role in the Democratic Revolution of 1990. 

S.Ganbaatar: One with the better plan and stronger will must win

After receiving his certificate, S.Ganbaatar, presidential candidate of Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party remarked, “It’s been a long journey.  There’s a Mongolian proverb that says "A person going by truth will outrun a rabbit with a cattle cart" and it is true”.  He continued, “We have a plan to save Mongolia.  The one with the better plan and stronger will must win".
He expressed his gratitude towards MPRP Chairman N.Enkhbayar for giving him the opportunity to represent the party.  “MPRP has given a chance to the common man to become the 5th President of Mongolia”, he said.  "The people of Mongolia will win this time.  Mongolia will rise”. 

Ganbaatar Sainkhuu was born on July 30, 1970 in Bayankhongor Aimag.  He graduated from the 1st School of Bayankhongor Aimag in 1988.  He studied at the National University of Mongolia from 1989-1991, then Polytechnic University in 1991-1993, in Russian Novosibirsk in 1993-1996, and Hammersmith West London College from 1996-1998.  He holds a Master’s Degree in economic science from the Labor College of Mongolia. 
He worked in the London office of Societe Generale Bank from 1997-2000, Khan Bank from 2001-2002, as faculty in Institute of Finance and Economics from 2002-2003 and as faculty in the Academy of Governance from 2003-2005.  He founded the Mongolian Lector Center in 2004, and is an honorary President. 
He led two movements from 2005 to 2007.  After working as President of the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions since 2007, he was elected as an independent in the 2012 Parliamentary Elections.  Ganbaatar briefly led the National Labor Party in 2016 and joined the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party in May, 2017. 

The full article originally appeared on the Mongol Mesenger's issue No. 22 for June 2, 2017. 

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