Mongolian ex-president likely to compete for parliamentary by-election

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-10 17:29:23|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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ULAN BATOR, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia's former president Nambar Enkhbayar is likely to compete for the country's parliament by-election, a source told Xinhua on Friday.

Enkhbayar's Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP) has received a confirmation certificate to participate in by-election of the 42nd constituency of parliamentary election in the eastern Khentii Province.

"The MPRP's chairman Enkhbayar is likely to compete (for) the upcoming by-election. But our party will make its final decision by Sep. 4 in accordance with the election rules," Buya Tulga, secretary of the MPRP, told Xinhua over the phone.

The Mongolian parliament has decided to hold a parliamentary by-election to fill a vacant seat on Oct. 7 after parliament member Dorjdugar Gantulga stepped down amid what he called a "politically motivated" rape allegation.

Enkhbayar was banned to stand for the presidential elections in 2017 because of registration irregularities and his conviction for graft in 2012.

He served as a prime minister of Mongolia from 2000 to 2004, as a speaker of the parliament from 2004 to 2005, and as the president of Mongolia from 2005 to 2009.