Parliament votes to take President to court


The Iranian parliament voted by 165 to one on Wednesday to take President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to court following his sacking of the oil minister and personal takeover of the strategically vital ministry.

The move is the latest in an internal power struggle between the president and Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The parliament has 290 members and the balance absented themselves from the proceedings.

In a separate move, fifty MPs have signed a petition summoning the president to appear before parliament to answer questions about the failure to pass laws passed by parliament, withdrawal of money from state funds without authorisation and other issues related to budgetary matters.

It would appear that the power struggle is coming to a head prior to the general election next year and two years before Ahmedinejad’s term ends.

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