We finally have a result in Mongolia's presidential election, I know my listeners will be pleased to hear. Businessman Khaltmaa Battulga won with 50.6 percent of the vote over his opponent, Miyeegombo Enkhbold of the ruling Mongolian People's Party.
I wouldn't mention this but for the facts that, one, Mr. Battulga is described as a "populist" by the New York Times, thus adding another notch on the walking stick of the worldwide populist revival; and two, the Times also tells us he is a former martial arts champion — perhaps he could put on a charity bout with his neighbor, Vladimir Putin — and three, I think it's neat to have any news at all out of Mongolia, where it seems like nothing much has happened since the 13th century.
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