Mongolia’s new government took the oath of office on Wednesday.
The oath-taking ceremony came two weeks after the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) won a landslide victory in the regular parliamentary elections on June 24.
MPP took 62 seats out of 76 in the unicameral parliament.
Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, leader of the MPP, was re-elected for a second four-year term as the prime minister of Mongolia.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Mongolia to hand over first batch of 30,000 sheep to China
Mongolia is planning to give the first batch of its donation of 30,000 sheep to China in September, a senior official from the Mongolian Foreign Ministry said Friday.
“Following our president Battulga’s visit to China, we have agreed with the Chinese side to organize the handover ceremony of 30,000 sheep after the COVID-19 pandemic calms down and the animals fully gain weight,” Tuvshintugs Battsetseg, director of the department of neighboring countries under the ministry, told a news conference.
“It is not possible to hand over 30,000 live sheep at the same time. So, the first batch of sheep is planned to be handed over within September,” said Battsetseg.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in China, representatives of various sectors in Mongolia have expressed solidarity with China in its battle against the virus.
Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga, the first foreign head of state to visit China since the COVID-19 outbreak, offered the donation of sheep to China during his one-day visit there on Feb. 27.
China has managed to contain the domestic spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impacts of the epidemic, while its neighbor Mongolia has taken various anti-COVID-19 measures, with no local transmissions or deaths reported so far.
Mongolia to reopen kindergartens, schools on Sept. 1
The Mongolian government on Wednesday said all kindergartens and general educational schools across the country would open on Sept. 1.
Mongolia will restart classes for students of vocational training and production centers on Sept. 14, while university students will return to classes on Oct. 5, the government’s press office said in a statement.
Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh has ordered all relevant officials to make full preparations for the reopening to ensure the safety of the students and teachers, it said.
The country has confirmed 291 COVID-19 cases so far, with no local transmissions and deaths.
Mongolia to evacuate more nationals from COVID-19-hit countries
“Our country is planning to send at least 14 special flights to COVID-19-hit countries such as South Korea, the Unites States, India, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Australia next month to repatriate more than 3,400 nationals,” Lkhanaajav Munkhtushig, director general of the consular department of the ministry, told a news conference.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Mongolia has evacuated more than 14,700 nationals by chartered flights, buses or trains from different parts of the world.
The Asian country has confirmed 289 coronavirus cases so far, with no local transmissions or deaths.
Mongolia repatriates 262 nationals from South Korea amid COVID-19 pandemic
Mongolia repatriated 262 nationals on a chartered flight from South Korea on Tuesday, according to the country’s emergency services.
The Seoul-Ulan Bator flight landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa international airport on Tuesday afternoon, the National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.
The repatriated people included pregnant women, the elderly, children, the disabled, sick people and those with financial or other problems, it said, adding that they will be isolated at designated facilities for 21 days.
The Asian country has confirmed 289 COVID-19 cases so far, with no local transmissions or deaths.