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Mongolians Go To Polls In Parliamentary Voting

Voters in Mongolia are at the polls to choose a new parliament in a vote under a reformed system of allocating seats that's widely expected to boost the ruling party's chances.

The ruling Mongolia People's Party (MPP) and the opposition Democratic Party are expected to battle it out for the most seats in the 76-seat parliament.

Both are promising to give back to the public more of the profits from large coal, copper, and gold mines.

One-third of Mongolia's 2.8 million people live below the poverty line.

Analysts suggest that reforms in the way seats are awarded in the parliament mean that Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold of the MPP and other leading politicians are all but certain to win.

The MPP is also facing a challenge from a faction split from its own ranks and led by former President Nambaryn Enkhbayar.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa