President suggests dissolution of Parliament
President submits letter of consent on self-dissolution of Parliament
3 сар, 3 долоо хоног өмнө
President Battulga Khaltmaa submitted a letter of consent on dissolving the Parliament to Speaker Enkhbold Miyegombo yesterday over the recent abuse of power scandal of several Parliament Members (MPs) in receiving SME Development Fund loans. President Battulga condemned the Parliament and the Cabinets that were formed as a result of the 2016 General Elections over failures to fulfill their election promises and work in conformity with the law in exercising the State power. For instance, the expenses for MPs have been increased by 5,000 times and allocated financing for 375 construction and development projects without any blueprints in this year’s budget. Thus, in order to address the problem, the President expressed his position on resolving the issue to the Parliament Speaker and Prime Minister; however, not only was it denied, the Parliament added the number of development projects to 404 and raised MPs’ expenses by almost 50 percent. The letter reads, “the abuse of power of Parliament Members in receiving 0.25 percent soft loan from the SME Development Fund in huge sum has been disclosed, which has reportedly involved around 50 MPs out of 75.
The Members of Parliament, having fully surrendered to the ways of treating the budget with a pre-election attitude based on narrow interests, trifling with the national economy, and using their power and influence for personal gains, are completely exploiting the constitutional principle: “A member of the Parliament is an envoy of the people and represents and upholds the interests of all the citizens and the state.” This has led to the loss of public support and trust in the highest organ of State power and further to the lack of guarantee that the forming of third and fourth Cabinets would result in national development and tangible outcome. The Constitution of Mongolia declares that the State power is vested in the people of Mongolia. In this solid case where the highest organ of State power, the members of which are elected by the citizens, has clearly lost the trust and support of the citizens, it is no longer in a position to carry out its mandate. The Section 2 of Article 22 of the Constitution of Mongolia states that “The Parliament may decide on its dissolution if not less than two thirds of its members consider that the Parliament is unable to carry out its mandate, or if the President, in consultation with the Chairman of the Parliament, proposes to do so for the same reason.”
The Section 11 of Article 12 of the Law of Mongolia on President states that “If it is considered that the Parliament is unable to carry out its mandate, the President shall officially notify to the Chairman of the Parliament on the proposal to consult on self-dissolution of the Parliament. The Chairman’s disapproval of the proposal will not prevent the President from proceeding with his proposal in the Parliament. Therefore, I am hereby delivering a proposal to consult on self-dissolution of the Parliament.” The Article 31 of the Law on Parliament specifies Parliament dissolution before the scheduled end of term. The subparagraph 31.1.2 states that the Parliament shall dissolve before scheduled term if the Parliament approves the consent between the President and Parliament Speaker that assessed current Parliament is unable to exercise its powers. Accordingly, the Parliament has to discuss the consent within a week after submission and will dissolve if over 51 percent of MPs approves it. After that, a Parliamentary resolution will be issued along with decree on Parliamentary election schedules. In other words, the Parliament has to set the next election before dissolving.