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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ahmadinejad facing impeachment?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been summoned before the Iranian parliament to answer questions about his conduct in office, in what may be the first step in an impeachment proceeding.
1734 GMT: Ahmadinejad Watch. Big news from Jam-e Jam --- President Ahmadinejad has been summoned to answer questions before Parliament next Tuesday. The process could lead to impeachment, if the President's answers are deemed unsatisfactory.

Critics of Ahmadinejad have attempted for months to bring in the President for interrogation, amassing the required minimum of 73 signatures (25%+ of the 290-member Majlis). However, they were blocked this summer by the Board of Parliament.

If this news is true, it would indicate that key players in Parliament --- notably the Speaker, Ali Larijani --- and perhaps the Supreme Leader have lifted their objections to questioning.

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At 6:34 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.

Here's a nice pic to go with it.


At 6:40 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


President Ahmadinejad will grab headlines today with his flight to Venezuela, the first stop in a four-country Latin American tour. Some US media who have noticed the development have already whipped up the scenario of a US-Iranian competition for the continent, with Tehran providing the threat to stability.

The reality beyond that scenario, which borrows liberally from the Cold War script of US-Soviet competition, is both less grand and more important. Venezuela, with its oil, provides an outlet during Iran's current economic difficulties. With the loud, colourful presence of President Hugo Chavez, one of the few leaders to embracely Tehran warmly in recent months, it provides an outlet from international isolation. And, getting to the personal and political, it provides an outlet for Ahmadinejad to show the Iranian people --- less than two months before Parliamentary elections --- how important he is.

Oh, yes, and the timing of the journey also lets the President out of his Tuesday summons for interrogation by Parliament's National Security Committee.



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