Mongolia celebrates 20 years of democracy

Closing-out the year-long celebration in style
The 20th anniversary of Democratic Revolution in Mongolia was celebrated for a whole year and officially closed on December 10. On December 10, 1989, establishment of the democratic movement was declared in Mongolia and the purpose and activity of the movement was announced to public. 
Activities for the anniversary aimed at remembering historical events during the democratic revolution, introducing democratic history and values to youth and publicly discussing what should be done to strengthen achievements and lessons of democracy. On the day of the closing events for the 20th anniversary, a meeting of honor, concert and fireworks were held. At the meeting of honor held at the State House, pioneers of democratic revolutions who struggled  for democracy were present. President Elbegdorj who was one of the democrats, sent a greeting that was sounded by D. Battulga, head of the Office of President. 
Pioneer of the 1989 revolution
In his greeting, it read, “I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the heroes and political parties that brought democracy to our home country. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Mongolians who welcomed democracy from its first  day.” “The most important thing was that by virtue of democracy, we gained national authority and independence that was Mongolians’ sincere will, effort and struggle.
We expect that many works will be succeeded, democratic values will be strengthened, people’s  participations will be ensured, and ratings of justice will be totally adopted in Mongolia in the next 20 years. However, everyone needs to manage to work well, each person is responsible to have just active, and conscious participation in social life. We struggle for a life and society based on people’s participation, a life in which people are free, enjoy their rights, fulfill their duties and belong to a State that listens to its citizens and serves people. This struggle has not come to an end.”
In his speech, N. Altankhuyag, DP chairman, MP and First Deputy Prime Minister, said that democratic revolution has not ended and it has not become perfect, and appealed to start an economic revolution and industrialization that is the second stage of democratic revolution.
D. Ganbold, deputy Governor of Ulaanbaatar who is a representative of DP and Democratic Union’s leaders, gave a report on the further development of the economy. Kh. Battulga, MP and head of Mongolian Democratic Union gave a report on the necessity of a new railway and mining plants in Mongolia. Also, well-known publisher Baabar (B.Batbayar), who criticized  falsification of top State officials 20 years ago by comparing them with a tale about a toast master, gave a report: ‘I believe; therefore I live’. In his report, it reads, “I truly believe that the society with people who were ensured to think freely, openly express their thoughts and implement their ideology in legal frame without any dependence can achieve happiness. I naturally had such great expectations. I believed in it since I learned about a boy whose horses were seized, he rode to take back his horses, came home and founded the greatest empire in the world, eight centuries ago. He was our ancestor.
I believed because I saw Mongolians who lived at the  medieval level, using ordinary horse carts in the century of space travel, gaining independence, civilization and democracy in the 20th century. My great belief flamed up because Mongolia which is situated like elmwood pinched by rocks between two great socialist states, went against the coldness of winter and tyranny and brought the spring of democracy”. “Mongolia’s Gross Domestic Products rose by almost 4-fold in the recent 6 years. It is the highest indication for any country that develops speedily. However, we hear everyday that our life is deteriorating in all aspects. I think
that it is a depression of people who believed that our country could have accelerated its development from the present level and hit the world record.
People do not feel proud when they see statistics for the recent 20 years, indicating that death decreased in
Mongolia, the average age of people was lengthened by five years and the amount and kinds of foods per citizen increased considerably, reaching the level of developed countries. I do not want to think that it is because of wishing my country to be bad. On the contrary, I believe that it is an example of aspiration for longer life and health.
I believe that there will be always be a fresh day and a new development summit for Mongolians who are not
satisfied with the things they have, do not lose their grip, are often insatiable with achievement, and aspire for a
higher summit forever,” the report reads.
D. Bayasgalan, head of the BoD of Golomt Bank, was a representative of students 20 years ago, and addressed the politicians. “I do not want to be a rich businessman in a poor country. Rich and wealthy ministers and members of parliament of our poor country, please care about people’s livelihoods. Businessmen are for profits, but politicians are responsible for making better livelihoods. It is said that the second stage of the democratic revolution is economic revolution. 
However, it is important to think how economic growth is effective on the  total population. Please tie up national security and economic liberation.” A ceremony was held to grant the Chinggis Khaan Order, top award of Democratic Party granting to those whose meritorious deeds accomplished the democratic revolution and strengthened democracy. MP R. Amarjargal, MP and Health Minister S. Lambaa, Ulaanbaatar City’s DP head Sh. Tuvdendorj, Sukhbaatar Aimag’s Governor J. Batsuuri and former Mongolian Students Union and head of Golomt Bank’s BoD D. Bayasgalan were awarded the Chinggis Khaan Order.

source: 'The Mongol Messenger' newspaper


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