Khaltmaa Battulga of the Mongolian Democratic Party has been officially inaugurated as President of Mongolia after winning the run-off election. The Mongolian president serves a four-year term and can be re-elected only once.

The inauguration, held at the State Palace on Tuesday, was attended by Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat, chairman of the Constitutional Court Jugnee Amarsanaa, parliament and government members, among others. It coincided with the 96th National Day of Mongolia.

Taking the oath, Khaltmaa Battulga pledged to respect and protect the rights and freedom of Mongolian citizens, “observe and protect the Constitution of Mongolia, protect sovereignty and independence, security and integrity of the state, and truly serve the people”.

Aiming at reducing poverty, the new president said he will restore the economy, develop the industrial sphere and ensure ecological balance.

The new President, who is a successful businessman and former martial arts star, said he would “expand friendly relations with China and Russia in all spheres” before receiving the seal from outgoing President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

The inauguration came three days after the General Election Commission announced that Battulga won the election against Miyegombo Enkhbold of the Mongolian People’s Party, with 50.6% of the vote in the run-off.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message, pointing out that China and Mongolia are close neighbours, and that sound and steady development of China-Mongolia relations meets the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples.

He said China was willing to work with Mongolia to promote continued development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, in accordance with the series of important political consensus reached by the two sides, and on the basis of respecting each other's core interests and major concerns.

US President Donald trump also sent a message as did Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

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