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Motion to question Iranian President in Parliament losing steam

Source: Mehr News Agency

29 lawmakers withdraw signatures to question president

Ahmadinejad speaking at the Parliament (January 2010 file photo)

A member of the Majlis presiding board, Mohammad Dehghan, says 29 lawmakers have withdrawn their signature calling for the president to be questioned in the Majlis thereby the motion to question the president has been cancelled.

On June 26, a motion, signed by 100 MPs, was submitted to the Majlis presiding board to question the president. Later 14 lawmakers withdrew their signatures.

Dehghan said the deputy Majlis speaker gave lawmakers one-week time to decide on their motion to question the president and during this time certain lawmakers withdrew their signature believing that in the current situation it is not to the expedient of the country to question the president.

"Examinations show that 29 representatives have withdrawn their signatures from the motion," Dehghan told the Mehr News Agency.

According to the Constitution, the president must appear in the parliament to answer MPs' questions when at least one fourth of the lawmakers sign a motion summoning him, but now the number of signatures falls short of threshold.

MP Ali Motahhari tendered his resignation to the presiding board on October 12 in protest at the fact that it did not confirm the receipt of the motion to summon President Ahmadinejad to the parliament to answer lawmakers' questions.

Dehghan said Motahhari's resignation will be studied in an open session of parliament next week in a way that first Motahhari will give his reasons for the resignation and then the opponents express their views.

However, he predicted that MPs will refute Motahhari's resignation.

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