Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Families of the "Black Tuesday" (or Stone Revolution as some are calling it derisively) detainees along with National Green Movement and Civil Front Movement members have organized a silent demonstration at Sukhbaatar Square, demanding the release of the detainees. Approximately 20 protesters began the silent protest earlier today at Sukhbaatar square with a piece of paper taped over their mouths with the message "Release", and sympathizers joined them. reports that the police are now attempting to disperse the crowd, on the grounds that Sukhbaatar District administration did not approve their request to hold the demonstration.

Further to the DP's unanimous decision to take the GEC chairman, B.Battulga, to court, the Special Investigative Unit, a public institution that reports to the Prosecutor General's office, subpoenaed Mr.Battulga, who earlier today gave his statement to the SIU. The Democrats claim that the GEC presented President Enkhbayar with 2 different sets of results on the 10 and 14th of July.

As for the 10 remaining seats in 3 disputed constituencies, reports today that the final results are in from Khentii constituency. The local election committee at Khentii has decided that the election results do not require a recount. This is confusing. Did not the decision to recount votes come from the GEC? And aren't the local election committees supposed to comply with the GEC decision and recount the votes?

All in all, the political life in Mongolia is now suffering from inaction. The case of the detainees is unclear, with little or nothing apparent being done. The new Parliament is in limbo and the DP / MPRP teams have yet to reach an agreement. No changes to Khentii election results, and no updates on the other 2 constituencies, Dornod Aimag and Bayangol duureg of UB.

Perhaps it's the summer holidays that's slowing things down?