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5 Dead After Violent Political Protests in Mongolian Capital

Mongolia's justice minister says five people were killed Tuesday in a violent protest in the capital Ulaanbaatar over Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Hundreds of others were injured Tuesday after demonstrators burned the offices of the ruling party, accusing it of voter fraud. Police responded by firing rubber bullets and tear gas.

The violence led President Nambaryn Enkhbayar to declare a four-day state of emergency, beginning after midnight Wednesday night. Under the presidential decree, no public gathering will be allowed in Ulaanbaatar during the emergency period.

The full results of the election have yet to be released, but preliminary results show the ruling Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party winning more than 40 of parliament's 76 seats.

The head of the rival Mongolian Democratic Party, which is predicted to have won more than 20 seats, says his party will not accept the results of the race.

Both parties campaigned on a promise to give cash payouts to every Mongolian from big mining projects, including a major copper deposit in the Gobi desert.

The Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party ruled the country for much of the past century as a one-party communist state, but introduced multi-party democracy and market reforms in the 1990s.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.