Mongolian lawmakers call on prime minister to resign

A bloc of lawmakers from Mongolia's ruling political party are calling on the prime minister to resign, accusing him of abusing his position by allegedly handing government contracts for roads and other projects to politically connected businesses.

The 30 members of the State Great Hural from the Mongolian People's Party alleged in a statement Wednesday that Jargaltulga Erdenebat had violated parliamentary procedure by signing seven contracts worth the equivalent of about $328 million.

Erdenebat is also accused of distributing millions of dollars in cash payments to families with children ahead of a presidential runoff election on July 7.

Landlocked Mongolia's mining-dependent economy has been struggling because of low world commodity prices, with the national debt standing at about $23 billion, or twice annual economic output.