Mongolian PM Candidate Rejected
Oct. 14, 1998
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) _ Mongolia's president rejected a Moscow-educated economist for the prime ministry again Wednesday and asked the acting coalition government to propose another candidate.
President Natsagiin Bagabandi, a member of the ex-communist Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, rejected Davaadorjiin Ganbold's candidacy six times in August. The president turned down Ganbold, 41, because he backed the privatization of a state-owned bank.
The bank's controversial privatization triggered the poor Asian nation's political crisis four months ago. Opposition legislators claimed government politicians benefited financially from the privatization and boycotted parliament in protest.
The boycott ended with the July 24 resignation of acting Prime Minister Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. Since then, Elbegdorj and his ministers have remained in their posts in an acting capacity, a roll that observers say has led to increased corruption and slowed legislation.
Opposition leader N. Enkhbayar accused the government of deliberately prolonging the crisis to stay in power longer. Enkhbayar has called for the dissolution of parliament and for early elections.
Apart from Ganbold, Bagabandi also has rejected two other nominations submitted by the ruling coalition. A third candidate was approved by the president but lost a parliamentary election by one vote.