The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has played hell with the international event calendar everywhere this year. But not in Mongolia, which has decided to go ahead with Naadam, Mongolia’s biggest festival.
On July 1, Mongolia’s National Centre for Zoonotic Disease (NCZD) reported two cases of the bubonic plague in the western part of Mongolia, in Khovd Province. Two brothers, aged 27 and 16, have caught the disease and are in critical condition
The PPE was donated by the Mongolian government to the US. Mongolia has been hailed for staging one of the most successful fights against the COVID-19 pandemic.
New government will face difficulties arising from faltering growth, falling commodity exports, repayment of foreign debt, money laundering issues and continuing tensions over foreign investment in country’s copper and gold mines.
Incumbent Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) faces challenges from opposition Democratic Party (DP) and record number of independent candidates. Analysts point to politically motivated arrests of contenders in run-up to vote.