Herd About Mongolia?

The communists win in a landslide as nomadic democrats are cowed

Marxism is dead. Communists are history. Right? Not in Mongolia, as it turns out. The Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, which ruled the country for decades in lockstep with Moscow, won 70 of the 76 seats in the parliament, the Great People's Hural. Though 43% of the votes went to noncommunist candidates, a coalition of the three main opposition parties managed to take only four seats, since each contest was decided by simple majority.

Democratic reforms in Mongolia were actually begun two years ago. As aid and supervision from Moscow faded away, so did central economic planning, which gave way to private...

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