Ulan Bator, July 1:

Protesters alleging voting fraud clashed with Mongolian police today as election results indicated the ruling party is on course to win the majority it needs to pass a disputed law on sharing the country’s natural wealth.

The protesters clashed with police outside the General Election Commission offices and the headquarters of the ruling Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party.

Other protesters pushed into the election commission offices to demand that they resign over voting irregularities and fraud. The specific nature of the protesters’ complaints was not immediately clear.

According to preliminary results gathered from each voting district, the MPRP —which also governed the country when it was a Soviet satellite — won 46 seats in Sunday’s vote. That would give the party far more than half of the 76 seats in parliament, called the State Great Khural.