Büdragchaagiyn Dashyondon was a long-time official in the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP). After serving as director of the MPRP school, Dashyondon assumed the position of deputy head of department of the central committee of the MPRP, a position he retained until the beginning of the democratic transition in 1990. He then became the head of the central committee of the Metropolitan Party. In 1991, he rose to become secretary-general of the central committee of the MPRP, which was the equivalent of the then-defunct position of chairman. He served in this capacity until 1996, when the MPRP lost power.
Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Büdragchaagiyn Dashyondon discusses the democratic and market reform that occurred in Mongolia in the 1990s as the country transitioned away from socialism. He elaborates on the relationship between geopolitical events, reform within the Communist Party and overall national reform that eventually led to the adoption of a new constitution in 1992. He speaks about the changes in the Communist Party’s ideology, both due to domestic and international concerns, and the political gradualism through which democratic reforms were achieved without violence. He also describes key decisions, such as the resignation of the politburo, and how party members worked to ensure that these reforms were achieved from within the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party.
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