Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh

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Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh
Ухнаагийн Хүрэлсүх

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31st Prime Minister of Mongolia
In office
4 October 2017 – 27 January 2021
PresidentKhaltmaagiin Battulga
DeputyÖlziisaikhany Enkhtüvshin
Yangugiin Sodbaatar
Preceded byJargaltulgyn Erdenebat
Succeeded byLuvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene
Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia
In office
10 December 2014 – 6 August 2015
Prime MinisterChimediin Saikhanbileg
Preceded byDendev Terbishdagva
Succeeded byTserendashiin Oyunbaatar
In office
23 July 2016 – 4 October 2017
Prime MinisterJargaltulgyn Erdenebat
Preceded byTserendashiin Oyunbaatar
Succeeded byÖlziisaikhany Enkhtüvshin
Chairman of the Mongolian People's Party
Assumed office
21 November 2017
Preceded byMiyeegombyn Enkhbold
Member of State Great Khural
In office
2000–2004
In office
2004–2008
In office
2012–2012
Assumed office
2020
ConstituencyKhentii Province
Minister for Emergency Situations
In office
2004–2006
PresidentNatsagiin Bagabandi
Nambaryn Enkhbayar
Prime MinisterTsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
Minister of Professional Inspection
In office
2006–2008
PresidentNambaryn Enkhbayar
Prime MinisterMiyeegombyn Enkhbold
Sanjiin Bayar
Personal details
Born (1968-06-14) 14 June 1968 (age 52)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolian People's Republic
Political partyMongolian People's Party
Spouse(s)Bolortsetseg Khürelsükh
Children2 daughters
Alma materDefense University of Mongolia
National University of Mongolia
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance Mongolia
Branch/serviceEmblem of Mongolian People's Army.svg Mongolian People's Army
Years of service1985-1990
RankMongolian Army-COL-parade.svg Colonel

Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh (Mongolian: Ухнаагийн Хүрэлсүх, born 14 June 1968) is a Mongolian politician who served as Prime Minister of Mongolia from 4 October 2017 to 27 January 2021. He is the current chairman of the ruling party, the Mongolian People's Party. He was elected to the Parliament of Mongolia three times – in 2000, 2004, 2012 and 2020,[1] served in the Mongolian government as Minister for Emergency Situations from 2004 to 2006, Minister for Professional Inspection from 2006 to 2008, and in 2014–2015 and 2016–2017 as Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia. Also he was the Secretary-General of Mongolian People's Party from 2008 to 2012.

Education[edit]

Khürelsükh graduated from the Ulaanbaatar Secondary School No. 2 in 1985. He graduated from the University of Defense of Mongolia in 1989, with a major in political studies. He studied public administration at the Institute of State Administration and Management Development and Law at the National University of Mongolia, from which he graduated in 1994 and 2000 respectively.[2]

Political career[edit]

Khürelsükh with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2018

He was Secretary-General of the Mongolian People's Party, became the President of Social Democracy Mongolian Youth Federation and President of the Left Wing Federation. Khürelsükh was elected to the Parliament of Mongolia three times – in 2000, 2004 and 2012. He has served as a member of the Cabinet of Mongolia five times: as Minister for Emergency Situation between 2004 and 2006, Minister for Professional Inspection between 2006 and 2008, Deputy Prime Minister (twice) and Prime Minister. He was awarded the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2017.

He has also served as a mediator between Japan and North Korea.[3]

Khürelsükh led his Mongolian People's Party to a landslide victory in the parliamentary election on 24 June, 2020. In his election campaign, he noted that Mongolia would become an energy independent country from Russia.[4] However, he became the first Prime Minister of Mongolia to resign on 21 January 2021, citing street protests against public health service shortcomings.[5]

Party roles[edit]

Khürelsükh with Sergey Shoigu in October 2018.

Khürelsükh started his political career as a political officer at the Central Committee of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP) in 1991. Between 1994 and 1996, he worked as an adviser of the secretariat of the MPRP's fraction in the Parliament of Mongolia. He was one of the leading figures within the party to initiate and implement the institutional reforms of the youth organization of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party. He established the Mongolian Democratic Socialist Youth Federation by MPRP and served as President two times – between 1997 and 1999 and in 2000–2005. In 2000, he was elected to the Governing Board of MPRP, which is the core decision-making body of MPRP. In 2008, Khürelsükh was elected as Secretary General of MPRP. In 2010, under the leadership of Sükhbaataryn Batbold, Chairman of MPRP and in cooperation with similar-minded party colleagues, Khürelsükh championed the process of restoring the original name of the party – Mongolian People's Party, which was changed to "Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party" in 1924 by the recommendation of Comintern in order to demonstrate the solidarity with socialist parties at that time.

Personal life[edit]

Khurelsukh is married and has two daughters.[6]

Military career[edit]

From 1989 to 1990, Khürelsükh served as a political deputy in the 152nd division of the Mongolian People's Army.[2] He was the first Mongolian military officer to resign from duty to maintain his party membership in 1990 when the government sought to separate party membership from various (public) offices.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "Deutlicher Wahlsieg der mongolischen Regierungspartei | DW | 25.06.2020". DW.COM (in German). Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  2. ^ a b Төгөлдөр, А. (2020-07-02). "У.Хүрэлсүхийг Монгол Улсын 31 дэх Ерөнхий сайдаар томиллоо" [U.Khurelsukh has been appointed the 31st Prime Minister of Mongolia]. ikon.mn (in Mongolian). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  3. ^ Shim, Elizabeth (December 5, 2018). "Mongolia prime minister to visit Japan to discuss North Korea, report says". UPI. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Mongolia will become an energy independent country promises Prime Minister Khurelsukh". Mongolia Weekly. 2020-06-08. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  5. ^ Төгөлдөр, А. (2021-01-21). "Монгол Улсын 31 дэх Ерөнхий сайд У.Хүрэлсүх огцорлоо" [The 31st Prime Minister of Mongolia U.Khurelsukh has resigned]. ikon.mn (in Mongolian). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  6. ^ "Khurelsukh Ukhnaa". The New Media Group. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat
Prime Minister of Mongolia
2017–2021