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The president of Mongolia will begin the procedure for reinstating the death penalty in the country barely a year after it was abolished, the official news agency Montsame reported Monday.

Khaltmaagiin Battulga, who took office in July 2017, a few days after the death sentence was abolished, will propose an amendment that includes the death penalty for the sexual abuse of children.

The bill on the amendment will be put to vote in the parliament starting this week.

The initiative was announced Monday by Gantumriin Uyanga, Civil Society and Human Rights Advisor to the president, at a press conference in Ulaanbaatar.

The official said the reinstatement was being proposed in response to the high number of pedophilia cases in the Central Asian country.

"Two hundred and ninety-eight cases of child sexual abuse were registered last year alone. The victims' age is between 2-7. Appalling child molestation cases have shocked the society, which is now demanding more action from the Government," Uyanga said.

Battulga had already proposed restoring capital punishment in an official letter to the ministry of justice and home affairs in November last year.

Mongolia approved a moratorium on the death penalty in 2012 and the parliament in 2015 voted in favor of its abolition, which came into effect on Jul.1, 2017.