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AKIPRESS.COM - Mongolia has suspended alcohol sales and internet hot spots to prevent negative campaigning and unrest as voters choose a new president after a contentious campaign marked by scandals and costly promises, Bloomberg reported.
The unprecedented run-off comes less than two weeks after a populist message propelled Battulga Khaltmaa, 54, a businessman from the opposition party, to an unexpected first-place finish in the initial vote.
Battulga Khaltmaa faces parliamentary speaker Enkhbold Miyegombo, 52, the ruling party chief who squeaked into the second round by a 0.1 percent margin.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with results expected after midnight.
If neither candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote, a new election must be held.