The headquarters of Mongolia’s ruling party in the capital Ulan Bator bears the scars of Tuesday’s riots, provoked by alleged election fraud. Troops are out in force, on the first of a four-day state of emergency in the country.
According to official figures, at least five people were killed and more than 300 injured in violence. Around 700 protestors have also been detained. The chaos threatens mining deals that could lead the central Asian state out of poverty.
But analysts say that yesterday’s violence was not supported by a majority in the country – it was the frustration of poor youngsters in the suburbs.
Preliminary results from Sunday’s poll had given the ruling Mongolian People’s Revolutionary party a clear majority.
International observors said that overall the vote was free and fair.
Under the state of emergency, security officials can use force to quell any further disturbances, and central areas have been put under curfew. The country’s election committee has vowed to press on with counting ballots.