Mongolia approves new PM Batbold
MONGOLIA: Mongolia's parliament on Thursday elected foreign minister
Sukhbaatar Batbold as the resource-rich country's new prime minister,
following the resignation of Sanjaa Bayar due to poor health.
Batbold, a diplomat and economist educated in Moscow and London,
received 62 of 66 votes cast by lawmakers in the landlocked Asian
nation, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
After the vote, Batbold who will surrender the foreign affairs
portfolio he held for a year said he was looking forward to the
challenge and would make the poor country's economic recovery his main
"The economic crisis is not over," Batbold said. "The new
government's priority will be to overcome the crisis."
He said his government would also focus on winning the battle against
unemployment, noting that a slew of projects to develop Mongolia's rich
natural resources would help create thousands of jobs.
Bayar, 53, stepped down earlier this week. Health Minister Sambuu
Lambaa, cited by local media, said last month that Bayar was suffering
from hepatitis C, which causes liver problems, and had sought treatment
in South Korea.
Batbold, who was born in the capital Ulan Bator in 1963, previously
served as deputy foreign minister and trade minister. He took over as
foreign minister last year, when Bayar formed a new government following
But its rich deposits of copper, gold, uranium, silver and oil have
caught the eye of foreign investors. ULAN BATOR, Friday, AFP