Mongolia in 2022: From the COVID-19 Lockdown to Opening the Border

Li Narangoa*

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    As in 2020, the biggest stories in Mongolia in 2021 and 2022 were elections, COVID-19, and how to cope with the contracting economy. At the end of the year, Mongolia was struggling to meet public health challenges and to recover from the economic downturn. Both the government that was elected in 2020 and the president who took office in 2021 have promised to improve corruption, which is endemic in Mongolia, but people have yet to see much change. Popular dissatisfaction led to a huge public protest in December 2022 that demanded the government ensure more transparency in the coal trade. Thirty years after a peaceful transition to democracy, Mongolia is facing its greatest challenge: how to maintain and develop a transparent democracy that truly cares about public opinion and people's livelihoods.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)336-346
    Number of pages11
    JournalAsian Survey
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023


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