Mongolian ruling party drops 'revolutionary' from name

Amid widening democratic reforms, Mongolia's ruling party has voted to drop the word "revolutionary" from its name.

At a party conference, the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party voted to return to a name it last used in the early 20th century, the Mongolian People's Party.

The country's education minister, Yondon Otgonbayar, says the decision was supported by the majority of delegates.

"We had many revolutions during the 20th century," he said.

"So the word 'revolution' fit our party during that era.

"But now we are in the 21st century and we have a new vision - not of revolution, but of development and social harmony."

The party was the first in Mongolia, and was founded in 1921. The word "revolutionary" was added three years later.

In 1924, Mongolia declared itself a communist country, and the party ruled unopposed for the next 66 years.

Communist rule came to an end in 1990, and Mongolia held its first democratic elections in 1992, but the MPRP has remained in control for most of that time.


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