Majority of Mongolian
lawmakers on Friday submitted an official letter calling for the dismissal of Parliament Speaker
Miyegombo Enkhbold, due to an alleged abuse of power.
The letter, signed by 39 lawmakers in the country’s 76-seat unicameral Parliament
, was sent to Enkhbold after an amendment on dismissing the parliament speaker came into force on Friday.
“We submitted the letter in connection with a scandal.
“That some senior officials of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party, including Enkhbold, allegedly used their government positions as a tool to run in the parliamentary election in 2016,’’ Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene, one of the lawmakers, said at a press conference.
A majority of Mongolian lawmakers earlier sent an official letter to Enkhbold, urging him to voluntarily step down, which Enkhbold rejected.
The amendment on dismissing the parliament speaker, initiated by Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga, was later approved.
According to the amendment, the parliament speaker must step down if more than half of the 76 lawmakers submit a proposal asking him to leave.
The amendment is the sixth legal ground to dismiss a parliament speaker.
The other five are death, severe disease, appointment to another position, being found guilty of a crime, and decision of dismissal from the constitutional court.