Ex-PM Khurelsukh declares Mongolian presidency win

Former Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh of the country's ruling party has declared victory in the presidential election.

The election to pick Khaltmaa Battulga's successor was held on Wednesday. Three candidates took part.

Mongolia's state-run media say preliminary results showed that Khurelsukh secured 68 percent of the ballots.

The 52-year-old held a news conference late Wednesday, pledging to do his utmost for the younger generation so that they will have a bright and safe future.

Khurelsukh is the chairman of the Mongolian People's Party and served as prime minister from 2017 through January this year.

Khurelsukh's win could further consolidate the power of the party, which won a strong majority in the parliamentary election last year.

Mongolia has a population of around 3 million. The country has recently been reporting more than 1,000 daily coronavirus infections.

The new president will face challenges such as tackling the virus, the economy and employment issues.