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Iranian MPs to question President in Parliament

Iran Materials 31 October 2011 14:23
Seventy-four members of the Iranian Parliament have signed a petition to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the parliament to respond to their questions.
Iranian MPs to question President in Parliament

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 31 /Trend T.Konyayeva, D.Khatinoglu/

Seventy-four members of the Iranian Parliament have signed a petition to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the parliament to respond to their questions, ILNA reported.

The petition has been approved, Parliamentary Vice-Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar said.

Article 90 of the Iranian Constitution and the Parliament's Charter specify that signatures of a quarter of the MPs' total number (73) are needed to summon the country's executive chief to the parliament where he must adequately answer all questions.

Refraining from the implementation of the Iranian Constitution is the matter subsequently referred to the Article 90 Commission, which is tasked with the execution Article 90 of the Iranian Constitution.

In June, the motion to hold a grilling session for Ahmadinejad was signed by 100 Iranian lawmakers and submitted to the Parliament's Presiding Board by lawmaker Ali Motahhari. However, later a number of legislators withdrew their signatures, so the petition to question the president was in no longer on the Parliament's agenda.

On Sept. 28, the Parliament discussed a report on forth appeal of the parliamentary Article 90 Commission's representatives against Ahmadinejad.

So far, members of the Parliament have made four appeals, complaining of Ahmadinejad's abuse of power. The first appeal was based on the tardy introduction of a nominee for the sports and youth minister. The second appeal complains of the misuse of different state bodies. The third appeal was made due to delay in following Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's direction to reinstate Heydar Moslehi as the intelligence minister.

The forth appeal complains of Ahmadinejad's decision to reduce in number of ministries and to merge some of them without the Guardian Council's approval.

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