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Running the Deputy Minister marathon

By B.DULGUUN

Over 40 party candidates are in a race for seven deputy minister positions in PM Ch.Saikhanbileg’s new government.
According to the coalition government agreement, the Democratic Party was allotted five deputy minister seats, the Mongolian People’s Party with seven seats, Justice Coalition (established by the Mongolian National Democratic Party and Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party) with three seats, and the Civil Will Green Party will have one deputy minister seat.
Some candidates began promoting themselves before Parliament had approved ministers. This annoyed party leaders and instead of attracting party support, it has resulted in displeasure.
The MPP proposed that the DP abstain from appointing deputy ministers from parties different from their minister, but the idea was rejected. This clearly shows that a DP minister could end up getting a deputy minister from the MPP, and an MPP minister could get a MPRP deputy minister, and so on.
The most ambitious competitors seem to be coming from the MPP, and there seems to be a focus on supporting young men and women for candidates. Still, there is a group in government that thinks it’s too early to step aside for young people. If party leaders are able to bring up young candidates, competition will become fierce between former MP J.Sukhbaatar, former CEO of the Mongolian Stock Exchange Kh.Altai, former Deputy Director of Erdenes Mongol LLC G.Temuulen, Leader of the Capital City MPP Committee Ts.Sandui, and Head of the Reform Committee of the MPP T.Ayursaikhan.
Potential female candidates are former Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Science and President of Bishrelt Group B.Undarmaa, former Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy B.Garamjav, MP B.Narankhuu’s sister B.Saranchimeg, Deputy Director of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of MPP M.Oyunchimeg, MPP Secretary General Kh.Bulgantuya, and Chairwoman of the Social Democracy – Mongolian Women’s Association Ts.Tsogzolmaa.
In the case of J.Sukhbaatar, politicians saw him as a strong candidate for MPP Secretary General last year, but he was unsuccessful. In the end, he wrote a strong comment on Twitter, saying that the party will not be reformed as long as T.Badamjunai is in the MPP and referred to him as “briber”. It’s possible the MPP will nominate J.Sukhbaatar as candidate for Deputy Minister of Justice.
Sources report that the son of former Director General of Erdenet Mining Corporation Ch.Ganzorig, G.Temuulen, is being considered for the Deputy Minister of Mining position. The strongest candidate for this position was actually Deputy Minister of Mining O.Erdenebulgan, but things changed as candidates were to be reshuffled from different parties. Former Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy B.Garamjav, current director of Mon Polimet Group, has also been nominated for this position.
Former Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Science B.Undarmaa will probably keep her position, as politicians claim that a new minister would lose too much time while reviewing and getting to know their new responsibilities. It seems there are many competitors for this position, but so far, it’s unclear exactly who is interested.
According to rumors, Chairman of the MPP M.Enkhbold wants to appoint one of his people, Chairwoman of Social Democracy – Mongolian Women’s Association Ts.Tsogzolmaa, to one of the seven positions and form a strong faction in the city.
The selection for each post will be finalized at the meeting of the MPP Board of Directors and MPP groups in the parliament.

 

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