By Martin Gøttske
Mongolians cast ballots on June 26 to choose their country’s new president after an election campaign rife with corruption scandals and nationalist rhetoric. The resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia has struggled in recent years with mounting debt and low voter turnout. The next president will inherit a 5,5 billion USD International Monetary Fund-led bailout designed to stabilise its economy and lessen its dependence on China.
The candidates have largely ignored the top concerns of the population – unemployment and jobs – and have instead focused on their opponents’ allegedly shady pasts.