Democratic Party
Ардчилсан Нам
AbbreviationDP (English)
АН (Mongolian)
PresidiumNational Policy Committee
LeaderTsogtgerel Odon
Vice ChairpersonsGantumur Lu
General SecretaryTsendiin Baatarkhüü
Founded1990 (1990)
6 December 2000 (officially)
NewspaperArdchilal Times
Student wingDemocratic Student's Union
Youth wingDemocratic Youth Union
Women's wingDemocratic Women's Union
Political positionCentre-right
International affiliationInternational Democrat Union
Colors  Blue
State Great Khural
12 / 76
Party flag

The Democratic Party (Mongolian: Ардчилсан Нам, Ardchilsan Nam) is a liberal-conservative political party in Mongolia.


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After the 1990 democratic revolution,[5] Mongolia became a country with a multi-party system. The democratic revolution transformed Mongolia from a single party communist state into a dynamic democracy. Those who pioneered the democratic revolution established political parties such as the Mongolian National Progress Party and Mongolian Social Democratic Party during the Democratic Revolution. On 6 December 2000, five political parties – including the Mongolian National Democratic Party, Mongolian Social Democratic Party and others merged and established the Democratic Party of Mongolia.


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Democratic Party headquarters next to the Sükhbaatar Square after the 2009 presidential election
Democratic Party headquarters next to the Sükhbaatar Square after the 2009 presidential election

On 1 April 2006, a party convention elected Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj as the Party Leader. Four candidates ran for the elections and in the first round, Elbegdorj won 46%, Erdeniin Bat-Uul won 40% and two other candidates won the rest. Without an absolute majority, a second ballot between the leading candidates resulted in Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj winning with 57.2% of votes.[6]

On 30 August 2008, the National Consultative Committee of Democratic Party elected Norovyn Altankhuyag as new leader of the Party.[7]

Election results

In the 2004 Mongolian parliamentary elections, the party was a constituent part of the Motherland Democratic Coalition that won 44.7% of the popular vote and 34 out of 76 seats at the Parliament. Party leader Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj became the prime minister of a grand coalition government and held that position until January 2006.

In 2005 Mongolian presidential election, its candidate Mendsaikhany Enkhsaikhan won only 19.7%.

In the 2008 Mongolian parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party won 28 seats out of 76 in the Parliament. After the elections, two major parties (Democratic Party of Mongolia and Mongolian People's Party) formed a coalition government. Within the Government, Party leader Norovyn Altankhuyag became First Deputy Prime Minister and the Party keeps the seats of Finance Minister, Health Minister, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Minister of Roads, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development, and Minister of Defense.

2009 presidential election

At the Democratic Party's convention on 3 April 2009, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj defeated Erdeniin Bat-Üül in a contest for the Party's nomination for the Presidency of Mongolia in 2009. Elbegdorj won with 65.3% of the total vote.[8] After Elbegdorj was announced as the candidate, the Civic Will Party and the Mongolian Green Party endorsed Elbegdorj's presidential candidacy.[9]

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj won the 2009 Mongolian presidential election on 24 May 2009 with 51.21% of the votes. Defeating incumbent president Enkhbayar who got 47.41%.[10][11] Elbegdorj was sworn into office as President of Mongolia on 18 June 2009.[12]

2012 parliamentary elections

In the 2012 Mongolian parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party won the elections and became the majority by winning 34 seats out of 76 seat in the Parliament. Party Leader Norovyn Altankhuyag became the Prime Minister. It formed a coalition government with the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party with majority seats at the Government Cabinet belonging to the Democratic Party.

2013 presidential election

2013 presidential election result: Provinces and Ulaanbaatar districts won by Elbegdorj (blue), Bat-Erdene (red). Darker shades represent a majority (more than half), lighter shades represent pluralities.
2013 presidential election result: Provinces and Ulaanbaatar districts won by Elbegdorj (blue), Bat-Erdene (red). Darker shades represent a majority (more than half), lighter shades represent pluralities.

The Democratic Party's National Consultative Committee held its convention on 7 May 2013 and decided to re-nominate Elbegdorj as a presidential candidate with 100% votes.[13] And the Congress of Democratic Party, with 7,000 participants in Ulaanbaatar plus participants in all provincial centers connected via live internet video conference voted 100% for Elbegdorj's nomination from the Democratic Party for the 2013 presidential election on 8 May 2013.[14] Civil Will-Green Party and Mongolian National Democratic Party – which have seats at both the parliament and the government cabinet – endorsed Elbegdorj's presidential candidacy.[15] The Republican Party and the Motherland Party expressed their full support for Elbegdorj's candidacy also.[16]

Elbegdorj won the 2013 Mongolian presidential election on 26 June 2013 with 50.23% of total votes while opposition Mongolian People's Party's candidate Badmaanyambuugiin Bat-Erdene received 41.97%, and Natsagiin Udval, candidate of Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party got 6.5% of total votes.[17][18]

2016 parliamentary elections

In the 2016 Mongolian parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party lost to a landslide victory of the Mongolian People's Party, retaining only 9 of 76 seats in the Great Khural.[19] While they just lost under 2% of the popular vote, a new electoral law passed by the Democratic Party itself when in Government to promote two-party politics,[20] together with a 14% rise of the MPP, ended up making them lose 25 of 34 seats.

2017 presidential election

The Democratic Party's candidate Khaltmaagiin Battulga narrowly won the 2017 presidential election.[21]

2020 parliamentary election

In June 2020, DP got only 11 seats of the 76 seats. Ruling MPP won a landslide victory in the election.[22]

List of Leaders


The party is organized on national, provincial, municipal and district levels. Currently, the party has around 30 provincial party associations and 432 grassroots organizations.

Affiliated organizations Democratic Party has the following affiliated groups and organizations.

Electoral history

Presidential elections

Election Party candidate Votes % Result
2001 Radnaasümbereliin Gonchigdorj 365,363 37.2% Lost Red XN
2005 Mendsaikhany Enkhsaikhan 184,743 20.20% Lost Red XN
2009 Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj 562,718 51.21% Elected Green tickY
2013 622,794 50.23% Elected Green tickY
2017 Khaltmaagiin Battulga 611,226 50.61% Elected Green tickY
2021 Sodnomzunduin Erdene 72,394 6.38% Lost Red XN

State Great Khural elections

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2004 Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj 474,977 44.74%
34 / 76
Increase 32 Increase 2nd Governing coalition
2008 701,641 40.43%
28 / 76
Decrease 6 Steady 2nd Governing coalition
2012 Norovyn Altankhuyag 399,194 35.32%
34 / 76
Increase 6 Increase 1st Governing coalition
2016 Zandaakhüügiin Enkhbold 467,341 33.55%
9 / 76
Decrease 25 Decrease 2nd Opposition
2020 Sodnomzunduin Erdene 978,890 24.5%
11 / 76
Increase 2 Steady 2nd Opposition


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