Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said that Tuesday's blast at Abadan refinery was the consequence of the administration's unjustified request that the new unit be inaugurated on May 24, a day marking the 29th anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr.
The blast occurred while the inauguration ceremony of the first phase of a gasoline production unit, with the participation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was in progress at the refinery in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
"The incident took place due to the administration's unreasonable request to inaugurate this refinery on May 24, inflicting considerable damage on the refinery, and killed several workers at the refinery," Larijani stated at an open session of the Majlis on Wednesday.
Hamidreza Katuzian, chairman of the Majlis Energy Committee, also said on Tuesday that the refinery "was not adequately prepared for the launch of the new unit."
Ali Mousavi, an MP representing Abadan in the Majlis, also stated on Tuesday that experts had previously conducted several tests and predicted that a blast may occur after launching the unit.
Interpretation of the law
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said that the administration should submit to the interpretation that the Guardian Council puts on constitutional laws.
"The administration is obliged to act according to the Guardian Council's interpretation (of the law), and this is not limited to a certain time," he observed.
Pointing to the fact that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared himself the caretaker oil minister, Larijani said, "According to the interpretation offered by the Guardian Council, the administration should appoint a caretaker oil minister as soon as possible."
The Guardian Council recently said the fact that the president has declared himself the caretaker oil minister is in contravention of Article 135 of the Constitution.
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