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Iran's Parliament Speaker: Mass resignation of MPs cannot be accepted

Majlis Speaker Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi said on Saturday that there is no procedural provision to accept resignation of 120 members of parliament, IRNA reported from Tehran.

"According to Article 95 of the Majlis by-law, massive resignation cannot be accepted, because it deprived the parliament of the quorum necessary to go ahead with formal debate," Karroubi pointed out.

The Constitution of the Islamic Republic has envisaged that the country should not pass even a single day without parliament, he said.

"The procedural by-law does not allow the acceptance of such a massive resignation. The quorum for holding formal debates of the parliament will not be met with acceptance of the resignations, So, it is out of question," he said.

"The parliament should work until May 26 and the resignations will not be accepted," he said.

Asked what will happen to the budget bill of the new Iranian (fiscal) year, he said that the speaker cannot decide on the issue by himself and the Presiding Board of the parliament should make decision on the matter.

He said that Presiding Board will be invited to deliberate on the time of debate about the budget bill for the year 1383 (March 2004-March 2005).

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