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Iran's Parliaments Ousts Ahmadinejad's Transport Minister

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Majlis on Tuesday withdrew its confidence vote for Transport Minister Hamid Behbahani. The no-confidence vote received 147 ballots in the 290-member parliament. The voting took place at the absence of the minister.

Tuesday had been set as the date for impeachment; however, Behbahani had refused to attend the parliament to defend himself.

Of 234 votes cast, 147 voted against, 78 voted for and 9 abstained.

It was expected that Behbahani, the president, and cabinet ministers to attend the impeachment session on Tuesday. Only vice president for parliamentary affairs was present.

Long flight delays, repetition of air crashes, mismanagement of the Transport Ministry, poor situation of road transport, and long delays in the implementation of road construction projects have been cited as the reasons for impeachment of the minister.

The crash of a Boeing 727 near the city of Urmia in West Azerbaijan province on January 9 expedited the downfall of the minister.

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