Peaceful demonstration taking place at Sukhbaatar Square on January 20
Anger mounted this week after TV footage showed a woman who appeared to have recently given birth was being transported wearing only night-robe and slippers with her newly born baby wrapped bathrobe into another hospital inhumanly despite outside temperatures was being -25 Celsius in the middle of the Mongolian cold winter night after she was tested positive for COVID-19.
The next morning, a peaceful demonstration hold at Sukhbaatar Square demanding the resignation of Deputy Speaker Ya. Sodbaatar, who also heads the National Emergency Commission over the incident that prompted public outrage.
Hundreds of people, and soon thousands, started to gather at Sukhbaatar Square to express their disapproval of the disheartening event, as well as other frustrations they had with the government amid CO- VID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.
The demonstration was ultimately for decency and human rights protection from the government, as well accountability for past indiscretions. During the demonstration, Deputy Speaker Ya.Sodbaatar and Health Minister T.Munkhsaikhan also submitted their letters of resignation from the post.
However, the following day, the PM announced his decision to resign; this was approved by parliament. In all, 60 percent of members of the parliament, where the Mongolian People’s Party holds the majority approved Prime Minister U.Khureslukh’s resignation. U.Khurelsukh remains as leader of the MPP.
On 21 January, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh announced his resignation taking responsibility for the inhumane treatment of a coronavirus patient and her new born baby.