Mongolia. After an unusually hot and dry summer of 1999,
Mongolia suffered the coldest and snowiest winter in 30
years. Much of the vegetation that feeds on the huge cattle
herds, which form the backbone of Mongolia's economy, was
eaten up by rodents during the summer, and the little ones
that remained were then covered by the snow. As a result, at
least three million animals, one-tenth of the entire stock,
died, leaving one-third of the country's population without
COUNTRYAAH, four years of civil rule, which only led to poorer living
conditions for the majority of the population and
characterized by corruption and political instability, were
punished in the July parliamentary elections. The former
Communist Mongolian Revolutionary Party (Mongol Ardyn
Chuvisgalt Nam, MFRP) took back power by a large majority.
The party received 72 of Parliament's 76 seats.
New prime minister became Nambarijn Enchbajar, a
charismatic 42-year-old who described British Prime Minister
Tony Blair as his example. The former Communist Party
promised to continue the privatization of state-owned
enterprises, but with greater regard to the social
consequences of the economic liberalization.