Parliament overrides President’s vetoes on Laws on Anti-Corruption and Courts

2021-01-28 17:07:00

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. At its plenary session held on January 28, the State Great Khural of Mongolia rejected a line-item veto imposed by President of Mongolia Battulga Khaltmaa on the Law against Corruption, adopted on December 30, 2020. The proposal to reject the veto has been forwarded by the parliament’s standing committees to the parliament. 

On January 22, the President invoked a line-item veto on Article 1 of the Amendments to the Law Against Corruption, which rules that the Director of the Independent Agency Against Corruption (IAAC) to be appointed at the recommendation of Prime Minister for a 6-year term. 

At the parliament’s session, member of the parliament S.Byambatsogt noted that the recent amendment to the Law against Corruption is in compliance with the amendments to the Constitution of Mongolia, which authorizes the government with powers to take measures for the fight against and prevention of crime. “Therefore, the corruption law was amended so that the Head of the Anti-Corruption Agency will be appointed on the nomination of the Prime Minister. According to him, the Constitution also defines eight functions to be exercised within the powers of the President of Mongolia, and the President cannot have power over anything other than the eight functions.  

At today’s session, the parliament also approved to reject President’s another partial veto on the revised Law on Courts, adopted January 15. As viewed by the President, the revised law, which states that members of the General Council of Courts and Judicial Disciplinary Committee will be appointed by a working group headed by a parliament member and established by the Parliament Speaker, could bring the General Council of Courts and Judicial Disciplinary Committee under the influence of the legislative body and the ruling party. 

As explained by the member of parliament Kh.Nyambaatar, the revised law creates the condition to appoint the members of the General Council of Courts and Judicial Disciplinary Committee through open and transparent selection conducted by the 11-member working group made up of representatives of different judicial bodies, and a parliamentary hearing will be held on  the appointment. “It will help to avoid the system where judicial organs and their members are selected by a single person.”