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Mongolian Parliament Elects New Prime Minister

Mongolian President Enkhbayar and Chinese Prime Minister Jiabao (file photo) (epa) 26 January 2006 -- Mongolia's parliament today elected as prime minister Mieagombo Enkhbold, leader of the ex-communist Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP).

Enkhbold's approval follows a crisis triggered by the resignation of 10 MPRP ministers in the coalition cabinet, which led to the collapse of the government and prompted protests by supporters of the opposition Motherland Democratic Coalition.

Enkhbold must now form a new government that can win the approval of parliament, in which the MPRP holds 38 of the 76 seats.

The main parties that joined the MPRP in the old coalition have reportedly refused to join any new government.

Mongolia was led by the communist predecessors of the MPRP as a one-party Soviet satellite state from 1921 until economic and political reforms began in the 1990s.

(Reuters, dpa)

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