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Iran parliament plans to question Ahmadinejad over irregularities

RIA Novosti

18:20 27/06/2011

MOSCOW, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - One hundred members of Iran's 290-seat parliament have signed a motion to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about a number of issues, Iran's Mehr news agency said on Monday.

The motion, which was submitted to the parliament's Presiding Board on Sunday, calls for asking the president questions "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 ratified cultural plans," Mehr said.

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

This is not the first time Ahmadinejad's actions have been questioned by Iranian lawmakers.

A group of 12 lawmakers sent in May an impeachment motion against 54-year-old Iranian hard-line president, accusing him of violating 50 articles of the Constitution.

About 90 lawmakers had earlier signed a motion to question Ahmadinejad over some ministerial appointments and budgetary matters.

The current motion reflects the growing power struggle between Ahmadinejad and conservative Islamic lawmakers.

Iran will hold parliamentary elections next year and presidential polls in 2013.

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