PM of Mongolia resigns for health reasons

Bayor was admitted to a hospital in Ulan Bator in October 2009. Due to his declining health, Bayar announced his resignation in a letter to Mongolia’s parliament one week later on 26 October 2009.

Sanjaagiin Bayar

Sanjaagiin Bayar

A meeting held two days later confirmed that the Mongolian parliament had accepted his resignation. Bayar apologised to those who had voted for him. N. Altankhuyag, the First Vice Prime Minister, was selected as Bayar’s temporary replacement.

Bayar joined the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) in 1988. He became General Secretary of the MPRP in 2005 and was – by 377 to 229 votes – elected Chairman of the MPRP at a party congress in October 2007, defeating incumbent Miyeegombyn Enkhbold.

The same congress also voted in favor of Bayar becoming the next Prime Minister. The Parliament approved Bayar as Prime Minister of Mongolia on 22 November 2007, with 67 votes in favor (97.1%) and two against.

He began his career as Prime Minister with verbal attacks (speech at his appointment) against Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and the nationalisation of the 15 % share of Mongolian companies in the Tavantolgoi mine, making it a 100% public venture, thus inducing enthusiasm of Russian companies in the large coal deposit.

Most of the members of a three-party coalition government, led by Bayar and dominated by the MPRP, were approved by Parliament on December 5, 2007; the government included Bayar’s predecessor, Miyeegombyn Enkhbold, as Deputy Prime Minister. This government was planned to serve until the June 2008 parliamentary election.

On September 11, 2008, following the MPRP’s victory in the June parliamentary election, S. Bayar was elected as the new Prime Minister of a coalition government between the MPRP and DP. Under his leadership, the Mongolian Government finally signed an investment agreement to mine Oyu Tolgoi copper deposit.

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