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  Political crisis deepens in Mongolia
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Last Editedkal  Jan 13, 2006 03:49pm
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News DateFriday, January 13, 2006 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMongolia's political crisis entered a crucial stage as lawmakers prepared to vote on a resolution that would ensure the collapse of the coalition government.

Parliament debated well into the night whether to ratify Wednesday's mass resignation from the cabinet of Prime Minister Tsakhia Elbegdorj, a move that would lead to his ouster after less than two years in power.

The crisis drew hundreds of angry protesters onto the streets of the capital, Ulan Bator, on Thursday, although the situation had eased on Friday after the deployment of police and security forces.

All 10 cabinet members belonging to the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP), which has dominated politics here for most of the nation's 14 years of post-Soviet democracy, triggered the crisis when they resigned.

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