Iranian Parliament Moves to Impeach President Ahmadinejad
November 23, 2010
Iran (ChattahBox World News)—Iran’s parliament launched a petition yesterday to begin debating whether the nation should impeach President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, marking the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic that parliament has considered impeaching a president, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Several issues have inflamed Iran’s parliament, which has accused the country’s president and his government of 14 counts of illegal acts, including allegations that Ahmadinejad withdrew $590 million from the Central Bank’s foreign reserve fund and illegally imported about $9 billion worth of gasoline, oil and natural gas since 2007, WSJ notes. The impeachment does not involve Ahmadinejad’s decision to proceed with Iran’s nuclear program—even his detractors in Iran appear to support the initiative.
Ahmadinejad and his administration also plan to gradually diminish food, fuel, and utility subsidies, despite the fact that Iran’s economy is already strained by several international sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program, WSJ reports.