Details of voting added (the first version was posted at 11:38)
The Iranian parliament has left Energy Minister Majid Namju in his post, the ILNA news agency reported.
102 MPs have voted against his impeachment, 101 - in favour, and six more abstained
The Iranian parliament has today launched a process to impeach Namju. Earlier, 45 MPs had demanded the impeachment of Namju.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in the parliament to speak in support of Namju.
The agency reported that nine MPs have already made speeches over the issue and Namju made a 45-minute speech in his own defense. President Ahmadinejad has already gone to the parliament.
Based on the law, the Iranian president may speak in support of the minister at the process on impeachment.
The agency notes that this is the third case this year, when the MPs demand the impeachment of one of the ministers appointed by Ahmadinejad.
Earlier, the country's transport minister has resigned after losing a confidence vote in the parliament.