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Iran parliament cancels grilling bid on president

Iran Materials 25 October 2011 13:07 (UTC +04:00)
Iran's Parliament has called off a motion to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to respond to MP's questions and concerns in a grilling session after some lawmakers withdrew their signatures from the legislative motion.
Iran parliament cancels grilling bid on president

Iran's Parliament has called off a motion to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to respond to MP's questions and concerns in a grilling session after some lawmakers withdrew their signatures from the legislative motion, Press TV reported.

In June, a motion to hold a grilling session for President Ahmadinejad was signed by 100 Iranian lawmakers and submitted to the Parliament's Presiding Board by lawmaker Ali Motahhari.

However, the Presiding Board was against the motion and engaged in an effort to convince lawmakers not to pursue the motion against the president.

A member of the Presiding Board Hossein Sobhani-Nia said on Monday that the petition to question President Ahmadinejad in no longer on the Parliament's agenda since a number of legislators withdrew their signatures on Sunday, the Parliament news agency (ICANA) reported.

It was previously announced that 100 lawmakers have signed the motion but the figure reduced to less than 75 signatures following the legislators' withdrawal, he added.

He emphasized that if the number of lawmakers that signed the petition does not meet the quorum, the motion would no longer be valid.

According to the Article 88 of the Iranian Constitution, the president must appear before the Parliament within a month of being summoned by a majority of MPs, unless lawmakers decide to withdraw the motion.

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