Iran Parliament rejects lawmaker`s resignation

Ali Motahari tendered resignation to protest the house`s failure to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 14:17 PM IST

Tehran: Iran`s Parliament has rejected a resignation tendered by a conservative lawmaker to protest the house`s failure to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including corruption.

Ali Motahari last month said he was quitting because he felt he could no longer represent the people who elected him. He had also said he would withdraw the resignation if the house actually moves to question Ahmadinejad.

Iranian lawmakers in the 290-member house voted on Wednesday 155-31 against Motahari`s resignation. There were 12 abstentions and the remaining lawmakers didn`t attend the session.
It`s unclear if the vote brings Ahmadinejad any closer to answering questioning in the house. The Constitution says a quarter of the lawmakers must support a petition to haul a president in for questioning.

Bureau Report