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Mongolian voters book a return trip to the polls

Lack of a clear presidential victor triggers a runoff

Mongolian presidential candidates Battulga Khaltmaa, left, and Enkhbold Miyegombo (Photos by Shunsuke Tabeta)

ULAANBAATAR Mongolia is headed for the first runoff presidential election in its history, after all three candidates failed to secure an outright majority in voting on June 26.

Battulga Khaltmaa of the leading opposition Democratic Party came in first with roughly 517,000, or 38.1%, of the votes, according to the election commission. He will face the second-place finisher, onetime front-runner Enkhbold Miyegombo of the ruling Mongolian People's Party, in the second round on July 9.

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