In a lot of ways, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj looks a lot like another newly elected president. A young, Harvard-educated orator, Elbegdorj rode into power Sunday on a message of change, with most of his support coming from cities. His opponents cried that he was part Chinese. Sound familiar? Elbegdorj isn’t quite the Mongolian Obama—he’s been prime minister twice already—but he’s close, GlobalPost reports.
Mongolia’s economy relies heavily on minerals, and the economic downturn has crushed it. Many see the government as incompetent. “The people here aren’t necessarily for Elbegdorj,” says a local TV producer. “They want change.” The election also renewed faith in democracy. Thanks to a series of tough security measures, there were no irregularities at the polls; last year’s parliamentary elections led to disputed tallies and deadly riots.