New coalition agreed
Following lengthy negotiations a coalition government was announced yesterday which will include the Democratic Party (DP) the Civil Will – Green Party (CWGP) and the Justice Coalition (Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) and Mongolian National Democratic Party (MNDP)).
The parties have stated that 75% of the government will come from the DP and CWGP whilst 25% will come from the Justice Coalition. The programme of the government will reflect the Democratic Party’s ‘Nongol-Khun 2020’ action plan but will also contain elements of the ‘Life’ plan of the CWGP and the ‘Five Revolutions to Save Mongolia’ of the Justice Coalition.
Reuters reports that the Justice Coalition is less friendly to foreign investment than the DP and CWGP. The Coalition want to see greater restrictions on the many mining activities in the country including a restriction on the number of years a foreign firm can operate in Mongolia. According to Reuters they have also called for the Tavan Tolgoi coal project to be kept under 100% Mongolian control. The Tavan Tolgoi project in southern Mongolia is thought to be the largest coal deposits in the world with around 5 billion tons of coal.