Mongolia’s Democrats expressed confidence they will form the next ruling party after elections for parliament, even as officials ordered another vote in two districts and early results showed no group won a majority.
The Democratic Party won 36 of 76 seats in the State Great Khural, according to a statement posted on its website yesterday. The election commission, which confirmed that the party won more seats than any other group, ordered new polls in two districts June 30 after winning candidates failed to garner enough ballots.
“The DP is definitely going to be the ruling party,” it said in the statement. “The main indicator of a democratic country is free elections. The people gave us their trust. It means that Mongolians want to live and develop as in other countries.”
The Democrats and the Mongolian People’s Party are grappling for control of a legislature that will have a say over how the country uses the profits from an estimated $1.3 trillion in gold, copper and coal reserves. Mining companies led by Rio Tinto Group (RIO) have invested billions of dollars in the nation of about three million people.
Mongolia’s next parliament will need to help reform the judicial system, fight corruption and pass a set of new laws on mining and land use that seek greater protection for the environment among other measures, President Tsakhia Elbegdorj said.