The MPRP withdrew from Mongolia’s ruling coalition, and protests have broken out in the capital.
…protesters converged on the capital’s central square and stormed the office of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) to voice their anger over its withdrawal from the ruling coalition.
The former Soviet-backed MPRP triggered the political crisis on Wednesday when its 10 ministers resigned from the 18-member coalition Cabinet, ending an alliance of nearly two years with the Democratic Party.
Prime Minister Tsakhia Elbegdorj, who belongs to the Democratic Party, was hanging on for his political life, with Parliament on Thursday debating his position and whether to ratify the resignations.
AFP‘s report goes on to say that the MPRP, which holds 38 of the 76 seats in parliament, is confident that it can gain the support of at least one member of a minority party and place one of its own in power as Prime Minister.
The Democratic Party accuses the MPRP of resigning only after its corruption was revealed and that they are trying to grab power to cover up “its dirty and dishonorable actions.”
The MPRP’s headquarters have been seized by a crowd of a couple thousand protesters from the Civil Will and For Drastic Reform movements.
Reuters has a bit more on the protests.
The demonstrators, some wearing traditional gowns, others driving trucks with blaring megaphones on their roofs, gathered in Ulan Bator’s central square and demanded Elbegdorj’s administration stay in power.
“I’m protesting to oppose this political mafia,” said Gerlee, 78, a former MPRP supporter who is now unaffiliated.
“This decision to dissolve the government does not help the people, it goes totally against us.”
UPDATE: Valuable background at Chris Miller’s blog.