Irregular session of the parliament opens

2019-03-18 17:20:35

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ State Great Khural (Parliament of Mongolia) opened its irregular session today at 10 am with 73.3 percent turnouts.

In his opening speech, Speaker G.Zandanshatar appealed MPs to join forces to bring three main issues on focus during the irregular session. “First, it necessitates of strengthening parliamentary governance and realizing reform. A mission of the parliament is to ensure governance of the people, being faithful to the oath taken for Mongolia. The irregular session will have a feature to implement clauses on improving disciplines and responsibility of Members of the Parliament, which are reflected on the Law on Procedure of the Parliament. Moreover, a working group has been set up to formulate bill on amending the Law on Procedure of the Parliament, introduce good international examples and renew strategy plan of the parliament.

Second, it is time to amend the Constitution of Mongolia. This parliament has a historic opportunity to keep the balance of state power, ensure independence of the judiciary and make administrative and territorial reforms. A working group responsible for amending the Constitution is holding meetings and consultations with political parties, scholars and experts to hear their opinions. The amendments to the Constitution will be considered during the spring session of the parliament to make a historical step for Mongolia’s future.     

Third, it is vital to implement parliamentary function of oversight. Lacking parliamentary oversight function causes a crisis in the legal governance that ensures human rights and justice. The court decision on the murder case of former parliamentarian S.Zorig made doubts in people’s minds and even Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) sent a statement. I think that we need to accept IPU’s proposal to cooperate on resolving the case.”

The irregular session's agenda is as follows:

-Revised bill on General Taxation

-Revised bill on Corporate Income Tax

-Revised bill on Personal Income Tax

-Amendments to Law on Procurement of Goods, Works and Services with State and Local Funds

-Amendments to Law on Mineral Resources and other related law

- Consultation on appointment of the Chief of the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces

-Consultation on appointment of the Deputy Prosecutor General

-Appointment of the Director and Deputy Director of the Independent Authority Against Corruption.