An estimated 25,000 people demonstrated in Ulaanbaatar on Thursday, December 27, to protest perceived government corruption. Local reports indicate protesters called on parliamentary speaker Miyeegombyn Enkhbold to resign following a corruption scandal and to denounce inaction by the two major political factions, the Mongolian People's Party and the Democratic Party, together known as MANAN. Organizers called on citizens to join the anti-corruption movement and additional demonstrations are possible in the coming days and weeks.
Speaker Enkhbold and other MANAN politicians allegedly attempted to sell government positions for profit, and protest organizers contend the ruling parties have failed to address growing income inequality in the country. The movement has been emboldened by opposition parties in parliament, who have boycotted parliamentary sessions on seven occasions, including on December 27.
Individuals in Ulaanbaatar are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all potential demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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