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Mongolian PM resigns after Covid-19 protests

  • Published at 03:39 pm January 22nd, 2021
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Mongolia's Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa gives his resignation statement to the media in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on January 21, 2021 AFP

The protests also triggered the dismissal of senior health officials including the country’s health minister

Mongolia's parliament has approved the resignation of Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa after protests in the capital Ulaanbaatar over the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, the state news agency, Montsame, said.

Khurelsukh said in a resignation statement submitted on Thursday that he should "assume the responsibility upon himself and accept the demand of the public."

He will be replaced by Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, the chief cabinet secretary, Montsame reported.

Khurelsukh, of the Mongolian People's Party, won a landslide election in last June, but the country has been plagued by political instability.

The protests erupted on Wednesday over what some Mongolians saw as the inhumane treatment of a Covid-19 patient and her new-born baby.

Video footage showed the patient, still wearing her nightgown and slippers in freezing conditions, being relocated with her baby to a specialist quarantine facility run by Mongolia's National Centre of Communicable Diseases.

The protests triggered the dismissal of senior health officials. Mongolia's deputy prime minister and health minister also offered their resignations.

The incident came amid growing public dissatisfaction with Mongolia's economic situation and a lack of job opportunities.

Mongolia, which earned praise from the World Health Organization (WHO) in the initial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic for its handling of the health crisis, has recently been battling an outbreak caused by an infected driver entering from Russia.

The country, with a population of around 3 million, has so far reported 1,584 cases.

While Khurelsukh said in his resignation speech that there have been no deaths from Covid-19 in Mongolia so far, the health ministry says that there have been three fatalities.

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