Mongolia's ruling party calls for new elections
- Published: 30 Jun 2012 at 11.48
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Mongolia was facing political gridlock on Saturday with the ruling party leading calls for fresh elections and rejecting a new voting system that was intended to bring more fairness to the polls.
A candidate (C) is watched by security while being interviewed about the Mongolian parliamentary elections at the electoral commission in Ulan Bator, on June 29. Mongolians voted to elect a new parliament tasked with distributing the spoils of a mining boom that has brought rapid growth but also rising inequality in the resource-rich nation.
An electronic voting system was used for the first time in parliamentary elections on Thursday in an effort to avoid a repeat of the chaos of a manual count four years ago when corruption allegations triggered deadly riots.
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