On Thursday, Mongolia’s election commission has announced in a live broadcast on state-run television that the MPRP had won the country’s disputed parliamentary elections, two days after violent protests swept the capital, Ulan Bator.
After ruling the country during the communist era, the MPRP won 47 of the 76 seats in parliament while its main rival, the Democratic Party, took 26.
Allegations of fraud and vote-rigging have been rejected by electoral officials.
On Tuesday, a four-day emergency has been declared by Nambaryn Enkhbayar, the president, after thousands of rock-throwing protesters clashed with police as they mobbed the headquarters of the ruling Mongolian People’s Revolutionary party (MPRP) and set it on fire.
At least five people died, and thousands of protesters clashed with police while alleging election fraud.
On Thursday, Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s capital, has regained her calm, though security remains tight.
Mongolia’s justice minister was quoted as saying soldiers would be ordered to return to barracks, but on Thursday police kept on guarding the centre of the capital, which was largely sealed off.
“The situation has stabilised and there is no immediate danger of violence so armed forces have been removed from strategic positions and have been replaced by police”, Tsend Munkh-Orgil told AFP.
The General Election Commission has also been attacked by demonstrators, who demanded that officials resign.
President Enkhbayar, a member of the MPRP, has reportedly pledged to investigate “any irregularities” in the election and appealed for calm.
A 10pm to 8am curfew has been imposed by police and troops, and on Wednesday night downtown streets were nearly deserted.
Thanks to the president’s nine-point decree, police is allowed to use force in dealing with demonstrators, who had reportedly also looted an art gallery and government buildings.
In Tuesday’s violence officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to beat back rioters wielding bricks and iron rods, said Monstame, Mongolia’s national news agency, adding that five people died during the unrest. But how they died is not said in the report.
Montsame also said that 220 people have been injured in the unrest, including a Japanese reporter. About 1 000 people had been detained, said a foreign ministry official.