Iran Parliament renews move to summon Ahmadinejad

Iran`s Parliament has revived its threat to call in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 20:31 PM IST

Tehran: Iran`s Parliament has revived its threat to call in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning, with more lawmakers signing a summons that could ultimately lead to the President`s impeachment, media reported on Monday.

Less than a week after the legislature dropped a four-month-old motion to summon Ahmadinejad, enough members of Parliament have signed the paper to force him to appear.

"Plan to question Ahmadinejad back on track with increased signatures," ran the front page headline on Siasat-e Rouz daily which, like most newspapers, led with the story that shows a serious internal political rift is far from healed.

The conservative-dominated Parliament first looked set to issue the unprecedented summons in June when 100 of its 290 members signed the motion -- amid growing criticism of Ahmadinejad`s policies and what many lawmakers see as his overbearing attitude and disrespect for the legislature.

But, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for unity among the branches of power, Parliament`s presiding board held back from issuing the summons until enough lawmakers had removed their signatures to make it invalid.

To take effect this time, the motion must still be passed on to the President by the presiding board.

Prominent conservative lawmaker and long-time Ahmadinejad critic Ali Motahari tendered his resignation in protest at Parliament`s refusal to issue the summons.

That seemed to embolden his colleagues and with the additional support there are now 74 signatures, Sharq daily said, one more than the 73 needed to make it valid, according to Parliament`s website.

Bureau Report