Translated by Mergenii Undram
Member of Parliament Sangajav Bayartsogt, who resigned from his position of deputy speaker on 15 April, has been formally dismissed from his position following a vote in parliament in which 75 percent of the members of parliament voted in favor of his resignation.
Yesterday’s session of parliament discussed S.Bayartsogt’s failure to reveal in his official disclosure statements his Swiss bank account and offshore company, which were exposed earlier this month in an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
The Ethics Sub-Committee of Parliament discussed the issue in a meeting on April 23 and reached a decision that S.Bayartsogt should bear responsibility for not disclosing his bank account and offshore company, which was in violation of article 4.1 of a law on parliamentarian etiquette.
There is no law or regulation to would revoke his seat in the parliament. But in a vote among the members of parliament, 56 of the 74 attending parliamentarians agreed to S.Bayartsogt’s dismissal.
S.Bayartsogt commented after the parliamentary vote that “In a case in which a state official fails to declare income, he or she will bear responsibility by receiving legal notice or a wage deduction, according to current laws. I accept all criticism and support, so I submitted a request to resign from my position as Deputy Speaker. I want to say again that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists did not say that I violated any law, or laundered money. The bank account and offshore company were created with purely business income.”
By the way, I would like mention here what said Ganbaatar Sainhuu, member of parliament of Mongolia that A hunter chasing a bear doesnt stop for rabbit tracks. What to do about Bayartsogt the rabbit? It is critical that Mongolia win out from Oyu Tolgoi.
The proposal to dismiss Prime Minister did not support
Another vote in yesterday’s plenary session of parliament resulted in the rejection of a demand by the opposition party, the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), to dismiss Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag. In this vote only 33 percent of the parliamentarians voted to oust the prime minister.
The proposal to dismiss Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag was raised by a faction of the Mongolian Peoples Party on April 12, when they submitted a petition on the matter to the Speaker of Parliament, Z.Enkhbold. On April 17 the Standing Committee on State Structure discussed the petition but did not support it. The matter was then referred to parliament for discussion. On April 24 the Mongolian People’s Party presented its arguments against the prime minister to the Great Khural. At yesterday’s session the prime minister responded to all of the issues raised by the MPP. This was followed by a vote. As the majority of MPs voted to retain the prime minister, the demand by the MPP was rejected.