Mongolia celebrates birthday of Genghis Khan

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-08 23:09:30|Editor: yan
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ULAN BATOR, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia on Thursday celebrated National Pride Day, which commemorates the birth of the legendary conqueror Genghis Khan more than 800 years ago.

Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga, Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, Parliament Speaker Miyegombo Enkhbold, other members of the parliament and government ministers paid respects to the statue of Genghis Khan in front of the government palace in the capital Ulan Bator.

The celebrations also included traditional wrestling.

In his speech, Battulga called on the parliament and government to respect justice and the rule of law.

His message is related to issues surrounding the alleged abuse of a fund aimed at helping the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Reports recently went public that some lawmakers and their relatives have obtained loans with low interest rates from the fund. The scandal has become headlines in the country.

Mongolia began marking the anniversaries of Genghis Khan's birth as an official public holiday since 2012. The anniversary falls on the first day of first month of winter on the Lunar calendar.