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Mongolia's parliament dismisses prime minister who was criticized for alleged corruption

  • FILE - In this June 9, 2014 photo, Mongolian Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov speaks during the International Labor Conference, a High-level panel discussion based on the ILO World of Work Report 2014 "Developing with jobs" at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Mongolia's parliament has voted to dismiss the prime minister, who has been under fire for alleged corruption within his administration and who faced criticism for drastically slower economic growth. The parliament voted 36-to-30 on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 to dismiss Norov. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott, File)

    FILE - In this June 9, 2014 photo, Mongolian Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov speaks during the International Labor Conference, a High-level panel discussion based on the ILO World of Work Report 2014 "Developing with jobs" at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Mongolia's parliament has voted to dismiss the prime minister, who has been under fire for alleged corruption within his administration and who faced criticism for drastically slower economic growth. The parliament voted 36-to-30 on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 to dismiss Norov. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by Press Service of the Government of Mongolia, Mongolian Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov, right, hands over his official government seal to his senior deputy Terbishdagva Dendev who takes over as acting prime minister at the Mongolia government house in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Mongolia's parliament voted Wednesday to dismiss the prime minister, who has been under fire for alleged corruption within his administration and who faced criticism for drastically slower economic growth. (AP Photo/Press Service of the Government of Mongolia)

    In this photo released by Press Service of the Government of Mongolia, Mongolian Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov, right, hands over his official government seal to his senior deputy Terbishdagva Dendev who takes over as acting prime minister at the Mongolia government house in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Mongolia's parliament voted Wednesday to dismiss the prime minister, who has been under fire for alleged corruption within his administration and who faced criticism for drastically slower economic growth. (AP Photo/Press Service of the Government of Mongolia)  (The Associated Press)

Mongolia's parliament has voted to dismiss the prime minister, who has been under fire for alleged corruption within his administration and who faced criticism for drastically slower economic growth.

The parliament voted 36-to-30 on Wednesday to dismiss Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov.

That leaves a deputy prime minister temporarily in charge and hands the fractured ruling party and its allies the task of negotiating a replacement.

The country's anti-corruption agency is investigating one of Norov's senior aides, former Environment Minister Gansukh Luumed, over alleged embezzlement of coal subsidies earmarked for impoverished residents of the Mongolian capital.

Norov's critics also accuse the ex-prime minister of nepotism and allowing relatives to enrich themselves through government contracts.