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Mongolia celebrates the 25th anniversary of democratic parliamentary elections

By E.OYUNDARI

“The first democratic parliamentary election took place 25 years ago, and was the historic choice of Mongolian people,” said President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj at the opening of a ceremonial meeting in honor of the 25th anniversary of Mongolia’s first parliamentary election, hosted at Shangri-La Hotel, on July 29, with participation of Mongolian and foreign high ranking state and parliamentary delegations.
“To trace it back, a total of 2,413 people were candidates for 430 seats in the first parliamentary election in Mongolia, on July 29, 1990. Ninety-eight percent of the Mongolian population voted in that election. This election was the first democratic, free parliamentary election that all people of Mongolia participated in,” noted the President in his remarks.
President Ts.Elbedorj said three things needed to be paid attention to by Mongolia in the future. “Firstly, the development of Mongolia’s democracy will depend only on the Mongolian people. There are many issues to be tackled in our country. We made the choice for democracy to get over all these issues and difficulties. We have faced many problems and challenges during last 25 years, and I am sure they will occur again.
“However, the history of the last 25 years proves that the people of Mongolia, Mongolian political forces, and colleagues for democracy can unite during difficult times in front of difficult solutions. I believe that we can go further in resolving difficult issues together.
“Secondly, even though we discuss fascism and the end of war in victory, and celebrate its anniversary grandiosely, we do not much pay attention to how war was carried out and how fascism arose. I think we should pay more attention to that. We say that the world is in danger of terrorism and is combating terrorism, but we should focus on under what conditions and situations the terrorism is formed and how its ideas are being created.

“We say that we established a democratic society by overcoming the communist regime. But we should never forget how communist views were formed and how they were spread.
“Thirdly, democracy is not shaped by a one-time choice. It is a whole process. It is a really difficult and torturous process. We’ve chosen a difficult path. Mongolians believe that there is light and good things at the end of a difficult, challenging path. That’s why we chose democracy, based on our beliefs.
“I think that democracy is the same thing as human beings and human lives. It is a person’s choice, a process that is created with the attendance of an individual. Therefore, we should make efforts everyday for democracy and take care of it. We should love democracy while it is alive. We should take care of democracy while it is present.”
In conclusion, Ts.Elbegdorj thanked the people of Mongolia for making the democratic choice, exercising their full rights, accepting democracy, and taking care of it up to its present state. He expressed gratitude to his thousands of colleagues who are devoting their lives and strength to democracy.
Foreign high ranking delegates, including United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, Indian Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton, Hungarian Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Janos Latorcai, former President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak, former President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva, Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) Yves Leterme, and spokesperson for Japan’s Premier Shinzo Abe, Tsutomu Takebe, arrived in Mongolia to take part in the celebration of the anniversary.
At the ceremony, congratulatory video messages from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, President of Austria Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye, Member of the Swiss Federal Council Johann Schneider-Ammann, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius were shared.
The first democratically elected People’s Great Khural, or Parliament, took office on September 3, 1990, with the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party maintaining its ruling status after winning a majority 31 seats. The Democratic Party picked up 13 seats, and both the Democratic Socialist Party and National Democratic Party gained three seats.

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