Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA -- A little-known reformist group has called on Iran's parliamentarians to impeach Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari for dissolving the Tehran City Council which followed its protracted dispute with the 12-million city's mayor.
In a statement, a copy of which was faxed to IRNA Tuesday, the Reformists' Front: Defenders of Civil Institutions called on the MPs, "especially genuine reformists to indicate their practical and serious support for the councils and civil institutes" by impeaching the interior minister.
"We call on the Supreme Administrative Court to look into the case of the Tehran City Council in full impartiality and revoke its dissolution in the earliest," it added.
Lari, in another decree on Monday, appointed Mohammad Hossein Moqimi as the acting mayor of Tehran to replace Mohammad Hossein Malek-Madani.
The dissolution of the capital's City Council came ahead of next month council elections for which over 210,000 candidates, including more than 1,500 from Tehran, have registered, where 107,000 seats are up for grabs.
Municipal elections, envisaged in the 1979 Islamic Constitution, were first held in 1999 on the back of President Khatami's campaign to promote democracy and build a civil society in Iran.
But Tehran's City Council was dogged by acrimonious quarrels with the mayor, boiling up to such an extent in which a member of the council accused Mayor Malek-Madani of being an 'opium smoker'.
Lari has earlier regretted the dissolution, saying disputes in the Tehran City Council had led to the decision.
"The truth is that the cancellation of the council's sessions due to existing differences had caused many problems for the people and was further increasing the city's worries," he has said.
"Looking after people's affairs is very important and the officials, in order to guarantee people's welfare and their demands, have sometimes to give way to most bitter decisions," the minister added.
Several political associations, in a joint statement quoted by the press last Wednesday, lashed out at the dissolution, describing the move as a 'stain' on President Mohammad Khatami's reform government.
"This undemocratic and uncivic move has left a stain on Khatami's administration," the statement, signed by pro-reform associations, including the Hambastegi and Islamic Labor parties, said.
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