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Iran's Parliament accepts resignation of Kerman MP

Tehran, May 4, IRNA -- The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) here Tuesday accepted the resignation of Kerman MP and a member of Budget and Planning Commission Hossein Mar'ashi.

Mar'ashi presented his resignation to the Sixth Majlis following a request by President Mohammad Khatami to appoint him as head of the newly-established Organization of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

The resignation was accepted with 138 votes in favor and 28 against, with six abstentions from a total of 172 votes cast.

Majlis has already accepted resignations of Tehran MPs Fatemeh Haqiqatjou, Mohsen Armin and Behzad Nabavi as well as Orumiyeh MP Mir Mahmoud Yeganli who handed down their resignation to Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on February 1 in protest at the mass disqualification of nominees wishing to stand in the 7th Majlis election.

Isfahan MP and member of Majlis Presiding Board Nasser Khaleqi had also presented his resignation to the Sixth Majlis to undertake the position of Minister of Labor and Social Affairs.

Karroubi announced the result of voting and acceptance of Mar'ashi's resignation.

The speaker expressed hope Mar'ashi would be able to keep on to and materialize his pledges in his new position.

As per Article 92 of the Majlis by-laws, any Majlis deputy can resign from his/her post, but the resignation becomes effective only after being accepted by the Majlis.

However, Article 95 of the same by-laws provides that if the offer to resign by any MP results in the Majlis failing to reach a quorum, the offer cannot be passed by Majlis.

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