Following to public criticism and protests over irresponsible transportation of a woman with confirmed COVID-19 and her newborn baby from Maternity Hospital to the National Center for Communicable Diseases, the Deputy Prime Minister Ya.Sodbaatar and Minister of Health T.Munkhsaikhan stated to submit their resignation letters on January 20, 2021.
After the situation, an irregular Cabinet meeting took place early morning today, where the Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh expressed his position to resign. The proposal was supported by the party board members as well as by the MPP caucus members at the State Great Hural (Parliament). Thereafter, the issue was proceeded through the Standing Committee meeting on State Structures and was agreed to discuss the Standing Committee resolution on resignation of the Prime Minister of Mongolia at the plenary session.
During the Standing Committee meeting, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh emphasized, “I'm not running away from responsibilities instead I'm taking it. As a father of daughter, I am deeply regret and sorry by what happened. Mongolian government should not commit such irresponsible, unethical and inhumane acts against anyone again. I am making this decision as an example of the fact that one’s mistake is the Cabinet’s mistake.”
Consequently, the Standing Committee resolution to withdraw MP U.Khurelsukh from the Prime Minister’s position was discussed at the plenary session of the State Great Hural and after debate it was approved by 60 parliamentarians out of 63 MPs attended.