Mongolian Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh has narrowly survived a parliamentary attempt to sack him. Tensions were high in the State Great Khural (parliament) on Friday 30 November, when the MP’s voted; in total, 54.8 percent of the members refused to dissolve the cabinet. Previously, on 21 November, MP D.Khayankhyarvaa had presented a letter signed by 27 of the lawmakers for dissolving the cabinet to Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold.
The Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) won a landslide victory in the 2016 general election, taking 65 out of 76 seats in the national parliament and formed the cabinet headed by former Prime Minister J.Erdenebat. However, J.Erdenebat was was accused with an abuse of power and dismissed from his post and his Cabinet was dissolved following a vote of no confidence in the State Great Khural in September, 2017. Since then, the MPP has been plagued by numerous problems, such as the current SME Fund scandal, where large numbers of MP’s and government officials allegedly benefited to the tune of several million dollars.