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Mongolia's elections get a heavy metal edge

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Mongolia's young generation knows how to party, but can they do politics? The Asian country heads to the polls this week in parliamentary elections. Sandwiched between China and Russia, Mongolia's been called an oasis of democracy in a region that's, well, not exactly known for voting freedoms. But today there's a sense that the system isn't working.
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>> Quality of politics is, I think very bad. Yes, so Mongolians like me to do something different, we need to do something like the new change.>> Voters complain the country's been recycling the same old politicians for years. And some of the younger generation are deciding to actually do something about it.
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Setting aside their day jobs to run for office, like this heavy-metal musician and concert organizer.>> Some of those members of Parliament, they've been in office for the last at least four terms, right? And what has changed? Nothing, just things gotten only worse. I think they should all step down and give way for the new generation.
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>> He figures his chances of winning are 50/50. Overall though, it's not looking good for these new candidates. The government's recently changed election rules, giving Mongolia's two dominant parties and their establishment politicians a huge advantage in the race. Then there's the problem with voter morale. Turnout is expected to hit an all-time low this year.
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So if the new generation really wants a reason to party maybe first it's time to hit the voting booths.