Extra: MP Speaks on Bid to Grill President; Mousavi Barred from Funeral
24 Nov 2010 19:53
Iranian Lawmakers Seek to Challenge President
Washington Post | Nov 24
Dozens of Iranian lawmakers have signed a petition seeking to make Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the first president to be summoned for questioning since the Islamic Revolution 32 years ago.
However the challenge looks unlikely to succeed because the numbers fall short of the constitutional requirement that at least one-fourth of the 290 parliament members must sign the petition before the president can be questioned.
Ali Motahari, a hardline lawmaker behind the petition, says Iran's tensions with the outside world and its domestic woes will not stop lawmakers from taking the president to account.
"I don't believe that questioning (the president) will cause tension. Our people should know that putting questions to the president is a right of lawmakers. Perhaps the president's explanations will convince the parliament," a reformist news website, aftabnews.ir news, quoted Motahari as saying Wednesday.
Motahari, one of the critics of Ahmadinejad from within his own conservative political circles, says he has collected more than 50 signatures but won't reveal the names because they could be put under government pressure. Other Iranian websites reported only 40 had signed.
But the official IRNA news agency, which reflects the government's position, quoted lawmaker Mahmoud Ahmadi Biqash as saying Wednesday that several of those who signed the petition have already withdrawn their signature.
Mousavi Prevented from Attending Family Funeral
Radio Zamaneh | Nov 24
Islamic Republic security forces prevented Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi from attending the funeral of a relative in Tehran.
Kaleme website reports that Mousavi was prevented from entering the mosque where the family was holding the funeral of his daughter's father-in-law, Bahram Salimi.
The funeral was attended by several Iran-Iraq War veterans and their families as three of Bahram Salimi's sons were killed in the war.
According to the report, Mir Hossein Mousavi and a number of [the family's] friends and relatives had prepared a message of condolence for the papers, but the authorities also refused to allow the newspapers to publish it.
Security forces have also been deployed [around] Mehdi Karroubi, the other opposition leader, restricting people from visiting him as is customary during the Eid-e Qorban (Eid al-Adha).