ULAN BATOR, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga has proposed to postpone the country's parliamentary elections, the presidential press office reported on Wednesday.
The proposal is included in the president's six-point proposal to prepare the Mongolian people for a possible recession because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it said.
"We are now fighting the coronavirus epidemic very well, but to be honest, we are spending a lot of money on implementing the epidemic prevention measures. If the situation continues like this, it is clear that our economy will not be able to withstand such a heavy load for a long time," said Battulga.
"Therefore, we should cut down on all possible expenses we can afford and spend the money saved on anti-crisis measures. Particularly, we should postpone this year's parliamentary election to save money," he said.
The legislative elections are scheduled for June 24.
Mongolia's parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers with a four-year term.
The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held on June 29, 2016.