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Mongolia's president concedes defeat in poll: Xinhua

Mongolia's incumbent President Nambaryn Enkhbayar of the ex-communist Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party conceded defeat in a race against his opposition rival, Chinese media reported.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Ulan Bator
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2009 11:14 AM IST

Mongolia's incumbent President Nambaryn Enkhbayar of the ex-communist Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party conceded defeat on Monday in a race against his opposition rival, Chinese media reported.

Enkhbayar said Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj of the Democratic Party had recorded a "narrow victory," the Xinhua news agency reported from the Mongolian capital.

Mongolian media reported earlier that the Democratic Party had won.

The election followed a parliamentary poll last year which triggered violent riots in the streets of Ulan Bator. Five were killed in the riots.

Mongolia shook off communist rule in 1990 without a shot being fired, and the first democratic elections were held in 1992.

The MPRP was the ruling party during the country's seven decades as a Soviet satellite.

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