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Iran may Probe into Officials' Assets


TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed introduction of a parliamentary bill to investigate the wealth of senior officials in Iran.

Addressing Iranian lawmakers at the open session of Parliament on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad suggested that lawmakers consider a bill, based on which the wealth and property of all officials who have held high governmental posts since 1979 could be investigated.

The proposal comes amid recent controversy over the vast wealth of Sadeq Mahsouli, President Ahmadinejad's nominee for the position of interior minister, who won a vote of confidence on Tuesday, press tv said.

Mahsouli is reportedly one of the ten wealthiest people in Iran, having accumulated his fortune from property development.

The 49-year-old is a veteran of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC), and has served in provincial government posts and as deputy defense minister.

Parliament approved Mahsouli as the new interior minister following the impeachment of former minister, Ali Kordan, over his forged Oxford University degree.

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