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Changing of the guard

The 28th Congress of the oldest in the country political Party – Mongolian People’s Party, was held on 20-23 November. The change of guards within the top party leadership, as well as the infusion of new young blood into the top leadership signal the seriousness of this oldest party for a big change with its sight on the 2020 Parliamentary elections.

The much-awaited and antici-pated 28th Congress of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) was held on 21-23 November. Initially it was planned for 3 days but dragged on for another 2 days as there was almost a total overhaul within the party leadership – at the Steering Committee and the Party Conference levels with the infusion of new and young blood.

Former Chairman of MPP, Speaker of Parliament M. Enkhbold with the newly elected MPP Chairman Khürelsükh, who was also appointed the country’s Prime Minister a month ago. On the background, to the left of the PM is the MPP Secretary General D. Amarbayasgalan, who was reappointed as MPP SG. Photo.nam.mn

The Party Constitution as well as its Action Plan were amended and modified.
Mongolia’s oldest political party – MPP would be celebrating its centenary of foundation in 2021, which will also mark the 100th anniversary of the People’s Revolution in the country, which was masterminded and carried through by MPP (up until 2012 it was called the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party or MPRP).
How would the MPP end up, where would it chart its course, and who would be its new leader – were some of the many questions marred by internal discord and misunderstanding primarily within the 65 members of the MPP caucus in the Parliament.
No wonder, a new term was coined 32 to 33 and on their unity depended the future of the new Cabinet that was in the making, and the future of the Mongolian People’s Party itself that was poised to choose its new boss at its congress.

Prime Minister U. Khürelsükh is the new chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party

Two of the four candidates, who had stated their intention to run for the Party Chairmanship withdrew, leaving the favorite – Prime Minister Khürelsükh and Chairman of the MPP Parliamentary Caucus D. Khayankhirvaa, an MP who did not sign the petition of the so-called “32” in the Parliament who sought the resignation of the former Government.

The new chairman of the party gives a brotherly kiss to MP Khayankhirvaa, who also ran for the post of the Party Chairmanship, but could not make it. Photos. www.nam.mn.

Long before the Government crisis but when the MPP leaders had given sign that it would hold its congress later in the year, there were rumors afloat that Khürelsükh, then Deputy Prime Minister, was intent on becoming the Party Chairman. And he got what he wanted, outdoing his rival Khayankhirvaa winning 63.1 percent of the votes from the MPP congress delegates and before this, he also got what he said he could do – the reigns of the Cabinet as the Prime Minister.
Some commentators say that the scenario of the Congress was also laid out that Khürelsükh would become the Party boss as he had already become the head of the Executive. This is what is in the MPP’s Constitution also. But things could have changed in the last minute as there were doubts within the party itself that the political “game” could be tipped in someone else’s favor.
These assumptions did not come about though.
The MPP was swept to power in 2016 to become the ruling party – with its grip on the legislature and the executive for the many promises it made to the nation.
Less than 3 years are now left for the new young leaders of MPP, led by the Party chairman and Prime Minister U. Khürelsükh to prove what his team is worth. The future of the party, which has already set its eyes on the 2020 parliamentary elections, hinges on this. There are strong indications that the Government of Khürelsükh would most likely remain more stable than any other previous governments of either the MPP or the Democratic Party.
Warning against this has already sounded from the rostrum of the Congress.

The outgoing Party chairman and incumbent Parliament Speaker M. Enkhbold, addressing the Congress warned: “Let me remind that there cannot be any attempt to mess with the newly-formed Government, non-support of its activities and reproving contradicting it would not be tolerated.”
Khürelsükh, in his first speech immediately after becoming the Party Chairman said: “The Mongolian People’s Party is a party with unity. MPP is the eldest son of a family called Mongolia. I shall safeguard and protect the unity of the party as the apple of the eye.  I have been given an important responsibility to curb the downfall and revive the economy of the country. I hereby announce the end of the division of 32:33 as of this moment. I shall work my fingers to the bone.”

Outgoing MPP Chairman M. Enkhbold handing the party seal to his successor

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