GOVERNMENT AND ITS STABILITY
On 23 August a group of 30 Members of Parliament from the Mongolian People’s Party signed a petition demanding the resignation of the Government of J. Erdenebat, who is also from the MPP. The petitioners got what they wanted – another Government was ‘deposed’ sending jitters especially among investors and the people of the country, who counted on the MPP to have a stable government.
The Government was accused of violating the concession agreements by distributing MNT808 billion to companies where certain MPs have conflict of interest. The MPP, for many years, has been supporting the idea of handing out children’s money and the Government had decided to give this money to all children without exception, but the Prime Minister in violation of the law on budget distributed the money. Furthermore, the Government is going back on many of the pre-election promises, which is unacceptable, according to the petitioners.
The MPP, especially its caucus in the Parliament, had been divided into two 32 against 33 and the clock ticked away with the opposition demanding that the new Government should be formed as quickly as possible and within the legal timeframe.
There were demands from within the MPP as well as the opposition that the new Government should not have MP serving concurrently as Cabinet members, a position that the MPP had been pursuing when the DP was in power. But the MPP, as political parties normally do, failed to remember this point the except the Prime Minister, all the 15 Ministers – Cabinet Members were appointed from among the Parliament Members.
The contradiction within the MPP was so strong that a couple of MPs from MPP threatened that the new Government would not be allowed to exist for long.
The Parliament held a special session on 4 October and elected the former Deputy Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khürelsükh as the 30th Prime Minister of Mongolia (14th Prime Minister since 1992 when Mongolia became a democratic country).
Commentators then noted that a cabinet built around a purely political compromise is unlikely to make the radical decisions that will give the public service much needed independence and stability. Instead, bureaucrats and Mongolians who have to deal with public service, are likely bracing for another round of personnel rotations.
Whatever the case, Khürelsükh’s Government appeared to be determined to set things right and move forward.
“Our Government, first and foremost, will give priority to improving discipline, order and accountability in the government service,” said the Prime Minister when he brought together for an extended Cabinet meeting, immediately after his Ministers were endorsed.
The Prime Minister said that from this time onward he would be tough in his demands so that the civil servants at all levels of government service, must uphold the principle of justice, rule of law and most important high level of ethical morality.