Earlier this week, voters from all over Mongolia turned out to elected their new president. The winner was the US-educated Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, who is poised to become the country’s first president who has never been a member of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party — the Communist party that has ruled the country for 75 years.
Previously, Elbegdorj served in the Mongolian government, having held the position of prime minister twice.
During his tenure as prime minister, Elbegdorj said in 2005 that he supported more English-language education and wanted to shift the country’s main foreign language from Russian to English.
Further, he also supposed the United States during the run-up to the Iraq war, and was rewarded by a four-hour visit to Mongolia by then-President George W. Bush in 2005.
No word yet on what Elbegdorj’s policy is towards the One Laptop Per Child project.