AKIPRESS.COM - Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Ulaanbaatar on Thursday to demand the leadership step down over allegations of corruption and failure to revive a struggling economy, Reuters reports.Disputes with foreign investors like Rio Tinto, government overspending and slipping commodity prices tipped Mongolia into an economic crisis in 2016 from which it has yet to fully recover.“Resign! Resign! Resign!” protesters chanted.
Some carried banners with slogans castigating the government for its perceived failure to tackle corruption, pollution, a stagnant economy and a public health crisis.
Some demonstrators carried giant papier-mache caricatures of prominent politicians and life-size cut-outs of the prime minister dressed in a pirate’s costume.
The government is run by the Mongolian People’s Party, while the presidency is held by Battulga Khaltmaa, a member of the opposition Democratic Party.