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Former Communist Prime Minister Wins Mongolian Presidential Election


Mongolia's General Election Committee has officially proclaimed former Prime Minister Nambariin Enkhbayar as the winner of Sunday's presidential election.

Mr. Enkhbayar defeated three competitors and avoided a runoff election by capturing more than 50 percent of the vote. He will take over for current president Natsagiin Bagabandi. Both men belong to the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party - the renamed former communist party that governed Mongolia during its days as a Soviet satellite state.

The Election Committee estimates Mr. Enkhbayar got 53 percent of the vote compared to 20 percent for his closest rival.

This was the fourth national election in Mongolia since the country became a democracy 16 years ago. Voters said they were most concerned about political stability and continued economic growth.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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