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Mongolia’s chief cabinet secretary appointed as PM

ULAN BATOR, Jan. 27 : Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene was appointed on Wednesday as Mongolia’s prime minister at the proposal of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP). Oyun-Erdene’s appointment was approved by a vote of 87.9 percent in the country’s 76-seat unicameral parliament, or the State Great Khural. Oyun-Erdene, chief cabinet secretary, replaced Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, who resigned and dissolved his entire government at his own request last week after two ministers announced their withdrawal amid social pressure and public protests.

Mass public protests were triggered in the capital city of Ulan Bator last Wednesday after TV footage showed a coronavirus patient who had just given birth being transferred from a maternity hospital to a quarantine facility wearing only hospital pajamas and plastic slippers in freezing weather together with her newborn baby. Oyun-Erdene, a member of the MPP, has served as a member of parliament since 2016. The 41-year-old became one of the country’s youngest prime ministers.(Xinhua)

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