August 24, 1991 |
The Mongolian government will try a Stalinist former prime minister, an ex-president and 10 other former leaders on corruption charges, a government spokesman said. No court date has been announced for the 12 Communist hard-liners who once ran Mongolia. Among them are former Prime Minister Dumaagiyn Sodnom, who retired in March, 1990, when the Communist Party renounced its monopoly on power and former President Jambyn Batmonh, who left office at the same time.
March 13, 1990 |
Mongolian President Jambyn Batmonh submitted a sweeping program of political reform at a Communist Party meeting in Ulan Bator on Monday, including an offer of his own resignation as party leader. In a somber speech to the party's Central Committee, broadcast live on state-run television, Batmonh proposed that he and the entire ruling Politburo resign and that the party hold a special congress April 10 to elect new leaders.
July 30, 1990 |
Voters in Mongolia on Sunday gave opposition parties a role in government for the first time in nearly seven decades of Communist rule, according to early results released today. Sunday's vote, the final round of the first free elections ever held in any Asian Communist country, climaxed a hard-fought but peaceful campaign. Rock bands performed for the opposition. Men on horseback handed out leaflets at a Communist rally. Voters in many districts questioned candidates at public forums.
June 10, 1993 |
The former Communist Party of Mongolia conceded its first defeat Wednesday, admitting that the man it dumped as its candidate had won the country's first direct presidential election last Sunday. Budragchaagiin Dashyondon, chairman of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP), pledged to respect the reelection of President Punsalmaagiyn Ochirbat. He told a news conference that Ochirbat had won 57.8% of the vote to 38.7% for his party's candidate, Lodongiyn Tudev.
August 1, 1990 |
Elections in Communist-ruled Mongolia have given opposition parties nearly 40% of the seats in a key legislative body, according to results released Tuesday. Communist Party chief Gombojavyn Ochirbat, speaking at a news conference in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, said opposition representatives will be invited to join the new government's Cabinet. This step is "vital for political stability and national unity," he said.
March 15, 1990 |
Mongolia's ruling Communist Party chose a new set of reformist leaders today and agreed to give up its monopoly on power. A former trade union president and head of party ideology who had faced official criticism in the early 1980s, Gombojavyn Ochirbat, 61, was named party chief. "This is the beginning of real change in Mongolia," Foreign Ministry spokesman Tepbishiin Chimeddorj told journalists in Ulan Bator, the capital.