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Mongolia Opposition Leader Assassinated At Election Campaign

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Mongolia’s political tensions turned deadly on Sunday as an opposition leader was beaten to death, a shocking incident that has sent shockwaves through the nation just weeks before parliamentary elections.

The slain politician, a prominent figure in the Democratic Party, held the office of governor in Sant Sum, a key region in central Mongolia, according to a statement released by his party.

The politician’s fatal encounter occurred on Saturday, a day that will now be marked by tragedy and loss, his party announced.

Though the party’s announcement respectfully referred to him only as “BB”, local news sources revealed the full identity of the victim as B. Bayanmunkh, a well-known political leader in Mongolia.

The DP said it was saddened that “a star of democracy… has lost his life at the hands of others”.

“At around 10:00 pm… B was killed by others during a meeting of five members of the MPP in the first round of parliamentary elections,” a party statement read, referring to the acronym of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party.

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With a vast territory spanning three times the size of France, but a relatively small population of 3.5 million, Mongolia is gearing up for a crucial parliamentary election on June 28.

This democratic bastion, wedged between China and Russia, has consistently demonstrated a commitment to peaceful political discourse, fostering an environment where diverse voices are heard and robust debates thrive.

However, a growing chorus of critics contends that the country’s democratic gains are being undermined by a creeping disregard for the rule of law and a government intent on stifling criticism of its questionable anti-corruption credentials.

“This election is going on under all possible pressures, such as heavy government pressure and spying,” the DP statement added.

The DP statement claimed that the election was being conducted in an environment of heightened tension, with the government applying significant pressure and scrutiny.

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