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The main opposition Mongolian People's Party (MPP) swept back to power in landslide parliamentary elections, results from Mongolia's election committee showed on Thursday, after campaigning dominated by concern over slowing economic growth.
The MPP's victory will likely be a greeted as a tailwind for the economy and international miners, as the party's success in attracting investors when it last held power, from 2008-2012, led to the country being nicknamed "Mine-golia".
Mongolia Parliamentary Election Results 2016 Highlights:
- MPP,won an 85 percent majority with 65 seats in the 76-member parliament, taking back power from the Democratic Party.
- The ruling Democratic Party won nine seats in Wednesday's vote, down from 37.
- Two seats were won by singer Samand Javkhlan, who ran as an independent, and a candidate from the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party.
- Overall turnout was just over 72 percent.
- DP chief Enkhbold Zandaakhuu and PM Saikhanbileg Chimed were among several DP leaders who failed to win their own constituencies.
- Economic growth has slipped from 17.5 percent in 2011 to just 2.3 percent last year, leaving one-fifth of the population in poverty.
The General Election Commission of Mongolia said 498 candidates are running for 76 seats in parliament, known as the State Great Khural.
An additional 2,288 candidates are attempting to secure local council jobs.
Any party or coalition that wins a majority of parliamentary seats forms the government and appoints the prime minister.
It was the seventh parliamentary election since the country peacefully transitioned to democracy in 1990, and the result puts the MPP in a prime position to retake the presidency in a vote next year.