February 2021 \ World News \
Mongolia’s new PM

Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene was in January ...

  • Mr Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene

Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene was in January appointed Mongolia’s new Prime Minister at the proposal of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP). Oyun-Erdene’s appointment was approved by a vote of 87.9 per cent in the country’s 76-seat unicameral parliament, or the State Great Khural.

Oyun-Erdene, Chief Cabinet Secretary, replaced Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, who resigned and dissolved his entire government at his own request last week after two ministers announced their withdrawal amid social pressure and public protests, Xinhua reported.

Mass public protests were triggered in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar in January after TV footage showed a coronavirus patient who had just given birth being transferred from a maternity hospital to a quarantine facility wearing only hospital pajamas and plastic slippers in freezing weather together with her newborn baby.

Oyun-Erdene, a member of the MPP, has served as a member of parliament since 2016. The 41-year-old became one of the country’s youngest Prime Ministers.