- Title: MONGOLIA: MONGOLIANS VOTE IN THEIR COUNTRYS FIRST FREE ELECTIONS
- Date: 23rd July 1990
- Summary: ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA (JULY 22, 1990) 1. GV/SV OUTSIDE POLLING OFFICE WITH PEOPLE QUEUINC UP TO VOTE AND LOOKING AT CANDIDATE LIST (2 SHOTS) 0.08 2. SV PAN/SV PEOPLE QUEUING TO GET VOTING PAPERS AND WAITING TO GO INTO VOTING BOOTH (2 SHOTS) 0.16 3. SV WOMAN GOING INTO CURTAINED VOTING BOOTH 0.18 4. SVS PEOPLE VOTING (2 SHOTS) 0.22 5. SV SANJASUREN ZORIG, LEADER OF THE MONGOLIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY VOTING 0.27 6. SV MONGOLIAN PRESIDENT PUNSALMAAGIYN ORCHIBAT ENTERING CENTRE 0.31 5. SV INDEPENDENT OBSERVERS WATCHING 0.34 6. SV ORCHIBAT VOTING 0.37 7. SV PEOPLE EMPTYING VOTING SLIPS FROM BALLOT BOXES 0.41 8. SCU/ZOOM-OUT/SV PEOPLE COUNTING OUT VOTES (2 SHOTS) 0.56 9. SV MAN READING FROM PIECE OF PAPER 1.02 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA
- Country: Mongolia
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVAXVPCCIAAZO6LOEBDFWUW2YT0
- Story Text: ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA
Mongolians went to the polls on Sunday (July 22) in their country's first free elections, following the Communist Party's decision to relinquish its guaranteed monopoly on power.
A total of 2,400 candidates were running for 430 seats in the Great People's Rural, or national legislature. The number was reduced to 860 candidates for the final election on the following Sunday (July 29).
Diplomats in the capital, Ulan Bator, predicted the Communist Party, the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, would comfortably regain its 69-year-old hold on power in the Great People's Hural.
Although the communists are expected to dominate the newly-elected Great people's Rural, the opposition may fare better in the Small Hural, a 53-seat body which will draft legislation.
Some diplomats even predicted that the opposition would gain a slim majority in the Small Hural because its members are elected on the basis of direct proportional representation.
New reformist president Punsalmaagiyn Ochirbat was an early voter at the polls, as was Sanjasuren Zorig, the 28-year-old leader of the largest opposition group, the Mongolian Democratic Party.
<strong>Source: REUTERS - ADDISON ARMSTRONG</strong>
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