giovedì 3 luglio 2008


Calm returns after Mongolia clashes
Protesters ransacked the offices of the ruling MPRP party during Tuesday's violence [AFP]
Calm has returned to Mongolia's capital, Ulan Bator, but security remains tight two days after a state of emergency was declared.
At least five people died when thousands of protesters alleging election fraud clashed with police on Tuesday.
Police continued to keep the centre of Ulan Bator largely sealed off on Thursday although Mongolia's justice minister was quoted as saying soldiers would be ordered to return to barracks.
"The situation has stabilised and there is no immediate danger of violence so armed forces have been removed from strategic positions and have been replaced by police," Tsend Munkh-Orgil told AFP.
Nambaryn Enkhbayar, the president, declared a four-day emergency late on Tuesday after thousands of rock-throwing protesters clashed with police as they mobbed the headquarters of the ruling Mongolian People's Revolutionary party (MPRP) and set it on fire.
The demonstrators also attacked the General Election Commission, demanding that officials resign.
Call for calm
Five people were reportedly killed in Tuesday's violence [AFP]Enkhbayar, a member of the MPRP, has reportedly pledged to investigate "any irregularities" in the election and appealed for calm.
Police and troops imposed a 10pm to 8am curfew, and downtown streets were nearly deserted on Wednesday night.
The president's nine-point decree also allowed police to use force in dealing with demonstrators, who had reportedly also looted an art gallery and government buildings.
Mongolia's national news agency Montsame said five people died in Tuesday's violence in which officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to beat back rioters wielding bricks and iron rods.
The report did not say how they died.
There were 220 people injured in the unrest, including a Japanese reporter, Montsame added.
A foreign ministry official said about 1,000 people had been detained.

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Mongolia, gli ex comunisti conquistano la maggioranza in Parlamento
Il Partito popolare rivoluzionario mongolo (Pprm, ex comunisti) ha conquistato la maggioranza alle elezioni parlamentari svoltesi domenica scorsa.

Stando a quanto riferito alla France presse da un portavoce della Commissione elettorale, Purevdorjiin Naranbat, il Pprm ha ottenuto 47 dei 76 seggi del Parlamento, mentre il Partito dei democratici, il principale avversario, ne ha ottenuti 26.
Gli altri tre seggi sono stati assegnati a un candidato indipendente e ad altri due di partiti minori. Si tratta delle quinte consultazioni parlamentari che si tengono nel Paese dal 1990, quando il Paese ha cessato di essere un "satellite" dell'ex Unione Sovietica.
Nei giorni scorsi la rivendicazione della vittoria da parte degli ex comunisti aveva causato duri scontri nella capitale.

(tratto da RAINEWS24)

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