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Resource-rich Mongolia is in the middle of a mining boom
that is set to transform its tiny economy, but political
uncertainties have threatened to overshadow its efforts to
attract the foreign investment needed to develop mines and build
vital infrastructure.

After a three-day trial, Enkhbayar was found guilty of
charges that include the illegal privatisation of a hotel and
newspaper and the misuse of donated television equipment to
broadcast from his own television station, the government said
late on Thursday.

The young nation held its parliamentary elections in July
and the ruling Democratic Party, which won just 31 out of 76
seats, was forced to form a coalition with Justice Coalition,
which is led by Enkhbayar’s Mongolian People’s Revolutionary
Party (MPRP).

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