Iranian parliament reports to judiciary on Ahmadinejad's law violation

13:37, June 02, 2011      

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Iran's Majlis (parliament) on Wednesday submitted a report to the country's judiciary on Iranian president's violation concerning a delay in appointing a caretaker or a minister for the Oil Ministry, the local English language satellite Press TV reported.

During the Wednesday session of the Majlis, 165 lawmakers voted in favor of the report and 1 voted against it while 13 others abstained from voting, according to Press TV.

Many lawmakers expressed opposition to a decision by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to temporarily run the Oil Ministry, arguing that the move is "illegal," said the report.

In May, Ahmadinejad said that he would run Iran's Oil Ministry as a caretaker following his move to remove Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi as a part of his plan to restructure some ministries.

Later, Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution said Ahmadinejad's move to temporarily run the country's oil ministry is "illegal."

The constitution watchdog said that Ahmadinejad's bid as a caretaker for the oil ministry is "against Article 135 of Constitution."

Article 135 regulates that unless the ministers are dismissed or the parliament does not give a vote confidence to them due to the impeachment or due to a need for a vote of confidence, they will remain in their positions. In case there is no minister for any ministry, the Iranian president can appoint a caretaker for the ministry for at most three months.

Source: Xinhua
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