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03/18/09

Iran: Larijani warns against efforts to stall implementation of budget law

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that failure to implement the national budget law properly would be considered an offense.

Amendments made to the national budget bill for Iranian calendar year 1388 (March 21, 2009 to March 20, 2010) made it "more orderly and transparent" and now the country's supervisory bodies can monitor the national budget more easily, he told reporters at a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a letter dated March 14, accused the parliament of violating the Constitution after it rejected a key plank of his subsidy reform plan and said the amended bill cannot be implemented.

However, on Tuesday Guardian Council spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaii said that the GC has approved the bill.

In Iran, parliament bills only become laws after they are endorsed by the Guardian Council.

In response to some Arab media outlets that had said there is a political dispute between the Ahmadinejad administration and the Iranian parliament, Larijani said that disagreements between the administration and the Majlis are technical not political.

"Arab countries should focus on their own disputes, since our disagreements are technical not political," he stated.

He also noted that the parliament's prerogative to make amendments to bills submitted by the administration is clearly delineated in the Constitution.

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