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Iran: 100 MPs sign motion calling for Ahmadinejad to be questioned

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

One hundred MPs have signed a motion to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the parliament to answer lawmakers' questions about a number of the administration's irregularities.

Ahmadinejad during an appearance in Parliament in January 2010
Ahmadinejad during an appearance in Parliament in January 2010

The motion, which was submitted to the Majlis Presiding Board on Sunday, calls for the president to be questioned about the reasons behind the delay in the nomination of the sports and youth minister, the procrastination in the disbursement of funds for the Tehran Metro, and the administration's failure to properly implement the cultural plans that have been ratified.

According to the Constitution, the president must appear in the parliament to answer questions when at least one fourth of the lawmakers ask the president to provide an explanation for his decisions and measures regarding a certain issue.

If the president's representatives fail to convince the MPs to withdraw their motion, the questions will be formally submitted to the president and he is obligated to appear in the parliament within one month to answer the questions in person.

Motion not in the national interests: MP

MP Mohammad Dehqan of the Majlis Presiding Board has said that in the current situation, it is not in the national interests to summon the president to the Majlis because such a move would damage the relationship between the parliament and the administration.

He added that during the presiding board's meeting on Monday, the members decided to meet with MP Ali Motahhari, who was the initiator of the proposal, to dissuade him from insisting on the motion.

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