ULAN BATOR – Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj won a second term, according to preliminary results on Thursday.
The incumbent gained 50.23 per cent of votes, Mongolia's General Elections Commission chief Sodnomtseren Choinzon said, after announcing that all ballots had been counted.
But the result of Wednesday's election would not be official until the ballot papers were counted again on delivery to the capital Ulan Bator, Choinzon said.
The Democratic Party candidate is expected to continue his policy of using foreign cash to power Mongolia's economy, which has been expanding rapidly in recent years.
Elbegdorj's main challenger Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene won 41.97 per cent of the vote, according to the results. The champion wrestler is the opposition Mongolian People's Party's candidate.
The third candidate, Natsag Udval from the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP), is the first woman to contest the presidency. She won 6.5 per cent, according to the preliminary figures.
Elbegdorj became president in 2009 after twice serving as premier. AFP