ZORIG SANJAASUREN (1962-1998)

2017-03-12

About the Zorig Foundation


ZORIG SANJAASUREN (1962-1998)

  • Was born on the 20th of April, 1962
  • Attended the 23rd High School of Ulaanbaatar from 1970 to 1980
  • Studied philosophy at Moscow's Lomonosov Moscow State University from 1980 to 1985
  • Worked as a lecturer for scientific communism at the Mongolian State University and as an instructor for the Mongolian Revolutionary Youth League in Ulaanbaatar from 1985 to 1990
  • Worked as a general facilitator for the Mongolian democratic union from 1989 to1990
  • Was the chairman at the Mongolian Parliament from 1990 to 1992
  • Was a Member Parliament from 1992 to 1996
  • Was Mongolia's Minister for Infrastructure 1996 to 1998

In addition, he was President of the Mongolian Chess Federation, Founder of the Center of Strategy research NGO, President of the Mongolian entrepreneur joint, President of the Oyuntulhuur foundation and the creator of various newspapers including the "The Express Times", "Sain Baina Uu" and "The Ardchilal Times". S. Zorig and his Revolution A lecturer at the Mongolian National University, S. Zorig participated in the secondary seminar of Young Artists, which was organized by power-holders in 1989 and became a key player of the democratic revolution. At that time the only party that was permitted to function was the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party. 

The first opposition party was the Mongolian Democratic Union, which was established to organize a democratic revolution and reject the communist regime while avoiding bloodshed. S. Zorig played a leading role in this with his creativity, stability, and belief in the all events that led to Mongolia's Democratic Revolution. The first general facilitator of the Mongolian Democratic Union, S. Zorig was esteemed by the independent, equal rights political parties. He believed that political parties should hold round table discussions on matters of national development. S. Zorig and his partners created the Mongolian Democratic Party, which was formed from the Mongolian Democratic Union. In 1990, as a result of the first free election, the new Parliament was formed and S. Zorig was nominated for the Leader of State Conference. S. Zorig’s actions advocated democratizing Mongolian society, a free-market economy, and moving Mongolia towards global development. As the head of the parliamentary group, S. Zorig contributed to the implementation of many multilateral foreign policies. In 1996, the Mongolian National Democratic Party and Mongolian Socialist Democrats Party became the Mongolian National Democratic Union and won the national election. In the fall of 1998, S. Zorig, the Minister for Infrastructure, was murdered in his home.