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10:59, 17 April 2017

Politicians join protest against offshore account holders in Mongolia

AKIPRESS.COM - The movement against politicians with offshore accounts is heating up in Mongolia as politicians have joined the protest movement, reports The UB Post.

Last weekend, Member of Parliament S.Javkhlan, former Deputy Prime Minister Ts.Oyunbaatar, and former MP S.Ganbaatar showed up at Sukhbaatar Square, where a group of people had gathered to protest offshore account holders.

“We want results from this demonstration. We didn’t gather here to become a tool for some kind of political party. This is a civil fight!” said B.Batsaikhan, the head of the United Movement Against Offshorers, the group who organized the demonstration.

B.Batsaikhan stated that the movement only wants the politicians who have been revealed to have offshore accounts to be held accountable and to retrieve public funds. He demanded that the state takes proper action on the matter, instead of simply approving amendments to the Law on Regulating and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest Among Public Officials, which has received criticism from MPs.

“Parliament passed new amendments to the law in response to our movement. Unfortunately, even MPs have scrutinized it, and believe that it has turned out to be a very bad law,” B.Batsaikhan said.

“Let’s fight administrators who think it is ok to throw away Mongolia’s gold,” MP S.Javkhlan stated. “The Mongolian state is in the hands of people with the wrong views and is shielding a group of people. Political parties should take the initiative to make their members with offshore accounts reveal their hidden assets before the presidential election. Government leaders, apologize to the public! Mr. President, veto poor policies! If you don’t issue a veto, we’ll assume that you support these incorrect policies.”

The United Movement Against Offshorers announced that it would perform a sit-in on Sunday, but the protest was canceled due to rain.

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