On July 20, 2012, the first session of the State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia was supposed to start at 11:00 am, but members of the Mongolian People's Party
(MPP) have not attended the session, only members from the Democratic Party (DP), Civil Will Green Party (CWGP), "Justice" Coalition (MPRP-MNDP) and independent candidates were present comprising 44 members out of 76 with 63% of attendance.
Currently, there are 69 members of the State Great Khural
(Parliament), who took an oath; these are 31 from DP, 25 - MPP, 8 - “Justice” Coalition, 2 - CWGP and 3 independent candidates gained seats respectively. The Constitution of Mongolia, it states that the eldest member of the Parliament will chair the first session, accordingly member of the MPP group at the Parliament D.Demberel chairs the session.
The reason of absence at the session by the members of MPP was explained by MPP group Chairman N.Enkhbold at 12:00 pm, where he stated, “In the term of any political force who could not gain the 39 seats out of 76 in the Parliament making the majority, the issue to elect the Speaker of the Parliament must be discussed with the other party or coalition. (DP with 31 seats has a full right to form a Coalition Government
.) But the DP did not discuss with us, instead sent a letter last night which was left at the Reception Desk of MPP Headquarters. The issue to elect the Speaker of the Parliament was not negotiated with the MPP, thus we deem that it will breach the law, therefore the members of the MPP did not attend the session”.
On the other hand, DP authorities said, “Democratic Party sent a letter regarding the issue and it is satisfactory, hence we deem there is no reason to negotiate with the MPP”. Also, Parliament member Ch.Saikhanbileg added, “However, at the time members are attending the session with over 60% of attendance, thus there is no necessity to ask the MPP members. We should continue the meeting despite they will not come into the session hall, otherwise we ask you (D.Demberel) to call them to attend”.
Parliament member D.Demberel, who is chairing, replied, “We have to discuss the matter of electing a new Speaker
of the Parliament all together. If approved, the new Speaker in absence of half of the members, how we will work further”. Moreover, D.Demberel announced to take a break until the issue will be discussed and negotiated among parties.