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Natsagiin Bagabandi
Нацагийн Багабанди
Bagabandi in 2000
2nd President of Mongolia
In office
20 June 1997 – 24 June 2005
Prime Minister Mendsaikhany Enkhsaikhan
Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
Nambaryn Enkhbayar
Preceded by Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat
Succeeded by Nambaryn Enkhbayar
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Mongolian People's Party
In office
7 February 1997 – 6 June 1997
President Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat
Premier Mendsaikhany Enkhsaikhan
Preceded by Nambaryn Enkhbayar
Succeeded by Nambaryn Enkhbayar
Chairman of the State Great Khural
In office
July 1992 – July 1996
Preceded by Radnaasümbereliin Gonchigdorj of Little Khural
Succeeded by Radnaasümbereliin Gonchigdorj
Personal details
Нацагийн Багабанди

(1950-04-22) April 22, 1950 (age 72)
Yaruu, Zavkhan, Mongolia
Nationality Mongolian
Political party Mongolian People's Party
Spouse(s) Azadsurengiin Oyunbileg

Natsagiin Bagabandi (Mongolian: Нацагийн Багабанди; born April 22, 1950) is a Mongolian politician and the Director of Oyu Tolgoi LLC. Previously, he was the President of Mongolia from 1997 to 2005, and a member of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party.


Natsagiin Bagabandi with Air Force Gen. Richard Myers
President Natsagyiyn Bagabandi with U.S. Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers at Mongolian Government Palace on January 13, 2004.

He was born on 22 April 1950 in Zavkhan, Mongolia into a peasant family. In 1979 he joined the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party. He studied in Leningrad (Leningrad Technical School of the Refrigeration Industry), Ukraine (Odessa Technological Institute of the Food Industry) and Moscow (Academy of Social Sciences at the Central Committee of the CPSU), and graduated in Food engineering. In 1987, he received a doctorate in Philosophy. He became speaker of the legislature, State Great Khural, in 1992 for four years, then ran for presidential elections in 1997, winning them. He won re-election in 2001.

In early 1997, he became General Secretary of the MPRP, shortly before the presidential elections, which were held in difficult conditions for the party. After his victory in the 1997 presidential elections, defeating his predecessor Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat, he served as president. In the presidential elections on May 22, 2005, Nambaryn Enkhbayar was elected to succeed Natsagiin Bagabandi with 53.4 percent of the vote and took office in June.


  • Order of Genghis Khan (2011)
  • Order of Sukhbaatar (September 13, 2006)
  • Order of Friendship (April 19, 2000)
  • Grand Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (2005)

Personal life

He is married with two children.


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