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Nambaryn Enkhbayar (Mongolian language: Намбарын Энхбаяр) (born June 1, 1958, in Ulaanbaatar) is the President-elect of Mongolia. He was the Prime Minister of Mongolia from 2000 until 2004 and Speaker of Parliament between 2004 and 2005.

He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Literature in 1980 and also studied at Leeds University in England. He worked for the Mongolian Writer's Union from 1980 to 1990 as translator-editor, secretary general and vice president. He translated classic Mongolian epics and works of several western writers including Charles Dickens.

Enkhbayar was first elected a member of the State Great Hural (the Mongolian parliament) in 1992 and served as minister of culture from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, he became leader of the opposition post-communist Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, which he had joined in 1985. There, he led his party to victory in 2000 elections. On 26 July 2000, he was unanimously elected as prime minister. He is credited with the revitalization of his party, moving it away from the time when Mongolia was a single-party state under the party's rule. His party lost almost half its seats in the elections of 2004, and in August 2004, he entered a coalition with opposition parties and gave up the position of Prime Minister, becoming Speaker of Parliament.

In the presidential elections on May 22, 2005, Enkhbayar was elected to succeed Natsagiyn Bagabandi with 53.4 percent of the vote, thus avoiding a second round of voting. His main rival, Mendsaikhan Enkhsaikhan of the Mongolian Democratic Party, collected 20 percent.

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