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Mongolian Parliament Elects New Prime Minister

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FILE - People cycle past the parliament building at Genghis Square in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 27, 2016.

Mongolia's parliament named a new prime minister Wednesday.

Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, a member of the ruling Mongolia People's Party, was unanimously elected to succeed Jargaltulga Erdenebat, who was ousted in early September amid corruption allegations.

The 49-year-old Khurelsukh is taking over a government that has undergone numerous changes in leadership since transitioning from a satellite state of the former Soviet Union to a full-fledged democracy in 1990. No prime minister has completed a full-four year term since 2000.

Best known as the birthplace of the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan, mineral-rich Mongolia is courted heavily by neighboring China, thanks to its growing demand for coal. The landlocked country is situated along the corridor of the Chinese-proposed “silk road,” an initiative China has sought to expand trade with other countries.

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