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Mongolian opposition leader Battulga declares victory in presidential runoff

Popular former martial artist and businessman elected to four-year term

Battulga Khaltmaa declares victory in Mongolia's presidential race at a press conference in Ulaanbaatar in early hours of Saturday. (Photo by Shunsuke Tabeta)

ULAANBAATAR -- Battulga Khaltmaa, 54, of Mongolia's opposition Democratic Party, has declared victory in Friday's presidential runoff, thanking voters and pledging to work for development and national unity.

Ahead of an official announcement from the election commission on Saturday afternoon, Battulga triumphantly told an early morning press conference that "Mongolia has won," a reference to his campaign slogan "Mongolia will triumph."

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