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Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]

Mongolia: Amendment to Controversial Amnesty Law Adopted

(Nov. 7, 2015) On October 29, 2015, Mongolia’s Parliament, the State Great Khural, adopted an amendment to the country’s new Law on Amnesty. The amending law took effect the same day. As a result of the law’s adoption, some 1,700 citizens will be released from prison. (The State Great Khural Finally Adopts Amnesty Law, INFOMONGOLIA.COM (last […]

Mongolia: Decision on Increasing Civil Servant Salaries and Pensions

(Feb. 2, 2015) It was reported on January 19, 2015, that on January 15, the Mongolian government issued a decision to increase salaries and pensions for the country’s civil servants by 10%. The move is based on the Agreement of Labor and Society, a municipal labor concession agreement reached by the Trilateral National Commission for […]

Mongolia: Election Law Amended, New Election System Adopted

(Jan. 26, 2012) Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were elected by a majority vote, to a “mixed member proportional system.” (Julian Dierkes, Clarification on Electoral […]

Mongolia: Supreme Court Orders Government to Enforce Law

(Oct. 26, 2011) On October 20, 2011, the Supreme Court of Mongolia ruled that the country's government must enforce its 2009 environmental protection resolution restricting mining in some locations. The decision came in a case filed by the United Movement of Mongolian Rivers & Lakes (UMMRL), a Mongolian environmental group, in 2010. The primary court, […]

Mongolia: Smart ID Card System to Be Implemented

(May 11, 2011) The Mongolian Cabinet decided on March 9, 2011, to replace the country's personal identification card system with a new, electronic one. New, mandatory “smart” ID cards will have an embedded microchip containing all personal data, with biometric facial and fingerprint ID systems; the information will be stored in a database linked to […]

Mongolia: Extension of Temporary Suspension of Granting of Mineral Exploration Licenses

(Feb. 17, 2011) It was reported on February 11, 2011, that the Mongolian Parliament has approved legislation on mining, initiated by the country's President, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, extending the term of application of the law on temporary suspension of new mineral exploration licenses for another couple of months, to April 30, 2011. A draft version of […]

Mongolia: Constitutional Amendment Procedures to Be Discussed by Parliament

(Dec. 28, 2010) It was reported on December 10, 2010, that the unicameral Mongolian Parliament has agreed to further debate draft procedures on amending the country's Constitution, after its Standing Committee on the State Structure has discussed them. Nine legislators began consideration of draft procedures a year ago, aided by a working group that studied […]

Mongolia: Provisions on Ninja Mining

(Dec. 23, 2010) It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Mongolia's Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has been instructed to implement the government's order to regulate artisanal or “ninja” mining. Ninja mining is wildcat or unauthorized small-scale mining, typically by hand, so called because the miners wear their green plastic pans on their […]

Mongolia: Issuance of Mining Licenses Temporarily Suspended Pending Adoption of New Law

(May 18, 2010) It was reported on May 10, 2010, that Mongolia's National Security Council had the previous week partially amended President Ts. Elbegdorj's April 20, 2010, order temporarily suspending all transactions involving mining licenses. Although new licenses still cannot be issued, the NSC order of amendment allows licenses to be transferred from one owner […]