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Posted: July 08, 2017

Ex-martial arts star wins election as Mongolia's president

Khaltmaa Battulga waves to the crowd after he won Mongolia's presidential election.
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Khaltmaa Battulga waves to the crowd after he won Mongolia's presidential election.

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga won Mongolia’s presidential run-off election on Saturday, Reuters reported.

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Battulga, 54, a member of the Democratic Party, won with 50.6 percent of the vote as 60.9 of Mongolia’s voters went to the poll, according to data from the General Election Commission. Battulga was running against parliament speaker Miyeegombo Enkhbold of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party, who drew 41.2 percent of the vote.

Election officials are waiting on a final count of votes from abroad, Reuters reported.

The run-off was scheduled after a June 26 vote failed to produce an outright winner, Reuters reported.

Battulga was a member of the Mongolian national wrestling team from 1979 to 1990. He won the World Cup championship in his weight class in 1989. He served as chairman of the Mongolian Judo Federation in 2006.

Battulga’s businesses include a hotel, a Genghis Khan-themed amusement park, and food companies, Reuters reported.

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