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Mongolian election highlights those left behind by mining boom

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A nomad voter arrives at a yurt temporarily serving as a polling station in Hovt, western Mongolia, on June 28, 2012.

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A man walks past graffiti proclaiming freedom of speech on the eve of parlimentary elections in Ulan Bator on June 27, 2012.

The Associated Press reports from ULAN BATOR, Mongolia — Mongolians traveled by foot, car and horse to vote for a new legislature Thursday in an election that centered on better spreading the benefits of Mongolia's mining boom across the vast and still largely poor country. 

A poll this month showed the opposition Democratic Party with a slight edge over the ruling Mongolian People's Party, though neither had the support to win an outright majority in the 76-seat parliament.

The Democratic Party has cast itself as better placed to help the poor and unemployed and portrayed the ruling MPP as beholden to the rich. Read the full story.

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Herdsmen vote at a polling station during the Mongolian parliamentary elections in the village of Zurlug on June 28, 2012.

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People outside a luxury store in Ulan Bator on June 27, 2012 on the eve of the parliamentary elections. Mongolian has some of the world's largest reserves of gold, iron ore, copper and coal, while one-third of the population lives under the official poverty line.