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  • Writer's pictureAmar Adiya

Will MPP’s Young Blood Win the Mongolia Election?

The Mongolian People's Party (MPP) has shaken up the political landscape ahead of the June 2024 parliamentary election with a bold move: placing young, academically accomplished, but relatively unknown candidates at the top of their proportional list. This unprecedented move, driven by Prime Minister Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene, represents a departure from the traditional strategy of prioritizing established politicians, and has sparked a wave of speculation and debate.

The MPP's gamble is aimed at appealing to a younger electorate and shaking off the party's image as a haven for established figures often associated with corruption. By strategically nominating individuals from diverse fields – including engineers, academics, and entrepreneurs – the party seeks to present itself as a force for change, embracing a fresh approach to governance. Notable names include PhD Uyanga, the deputy mining minister, deputy ministers Solongo (Justice) and Mungunchimeg (Finance), IT entrepreneur Anar, trade chamber head Enkhtuvshin, and former Labor Minister Ariunzaya.

While the new faces offer the promise of renewal, a crucial question remains: can they truly bridge the gap between the established political system and the expectations of a generation yearning for change?

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