Mongolian PM suggests constitutional transition
Mongolia's Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene proposed a constitutional transition to turn Mongolia into a traditional parliamentarian republic.
A Constitutional reform was proposed on Saturday by Mongolian Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai. The proposed reform would transition Mongolia from a semi-presidential republic to a traditional parliamentary republic.
The current 1992 constitution established a multi-party political system in Mongolia's semi-presidential republic. That meant that the executive power is divided equally between the people-elected President and the Parliament-elected Prime Minister.
In a public conference, the PM said "The 1992 constitution has fulfilled its historic role of a peaceful social transition. Achievements and mistakes over the past 30 years are connected with the constitution," adding, "Now we have to objectively assess the past 30 years and determine how we will live the next 30 years."
In that context, Oyun-Erdene advocated exploring constitutional reform and a transition to a parliamentary republic, as he argued that such a transition is integral to improve the policy-making process which has been impeded by periodic disagreements between the President and the PM.
The PM emphasized that there are alternative methods to effect changes without a total constitutional revision, such as amending certain provisions of the country's fundamental legislation.