Mongolian presidential election, 2009

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Mongolian presidential election, 2009
Mongolia
2005 ←
24 May 2009 → 2013

  Tsakhiagiin Elbegdor.jpg Nambaryn Enkhbayar 2005.jpg
Nominee Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj Nambaryn Enkhbayar
Party Democratic People's Revolutionary
Popular vote 562,718 520,948
Percentage 51.93% 48.07%

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Aimags majority won by
DP (blue), MPRP (red)

President before election

Nambaryn Enkhbayar
People's Revolutionary

Elected President

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
Democratic

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Presidential elections were held in Mongolia on 24 May 2009.[1] They were contested between incumbent Nambaryn Enkhbayar, supported by the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, who had support of the Democratic Party and the opposition parties. Elbegdorj declared himself the victor before the count was official but based on his party's counts. Enkhbayar admitted a narrow defeat shortly after and said that he would respect the result.

Background[edit]

There had been fears that a close result could lead to civil unrest as happened in the 2008 legislative election, where allegations of vote rigging had sparked street protests and clashes with the police during which five people lost their lives and hundreds were injured.[2] Although, police and army units were on stand-by to contain any protest, the people seemed satisfied with the report of the election monitors in that there was no finding of fraudulent votes.[2][3]

Candidates[edit]

Presidential candidates were only allowed from parties which had representation in the State Great Khural. The eligible parties were the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP), Democratic Party, Civic Will Party and Mongolian Green Party. The MPRP fielded the incumbent president Nambaryn Enkhbayar as its presidential candidate.[4] The Democratic Party chose former prime minister Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj as their candidate.[5] The Civic Will and Green parties did not field a candidate and instead chose to support Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the Democratic Party's candidate, thus providing the electorate with a choice between the incumbent or a candidate supported by all of the opposition parties.[6][7]

Elbegdorj, who served twice as prime minister, campaigned on a theme of anti-corruption and a need for change which proved popular in urban areas.[8] Both candidates' campaigns were dominated by the issue of how Mongolia's mineral wealth should be distributed.[2]

Results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj Democratic Party 562,718 51.93
Nambaryn Enkhbayar Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party 520,948 48.07
Invalid/blank votes 15,209
Total 1,097,187 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,493,217 73.48
Source: IFES

The United States Senate passed Resolution number 192 supporting Mongolia's democracy and economic development and noting Elbegdorj's election victory on the day he was sworn in on 18 June 2009.[9]

References[edit]

Democratic Party Headquarters after results are announced