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Iran MP Tells President Dismissals 'Illegal'

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 15 (ICANA) – Senior Iranian lawmaker Mohammad-Reza Bahonar says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to relieve three ministers of their responsibilities is illegal.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 8:19:36 PM
Iran MP Tells President Dismissals 'Illegal'

Earlier this week, the Iranian government announced plans to merge the ministries of Roads and Transportation with Housing and Urban Development, Energy with Oil, Industries and Mines with Commerce, and Welfare and Social Security with Labor and Social Affairs.

In three separate decrees on Saturday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed Welfare Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, Minister of Mines and Industries Ali Akbar Mehrabian and Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi from their posts according to the 53rd article of the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan.

On Sunday, Bahonar said he has informed Ahmadinejad in a letter that ending the ministers' mission by invoking the 53rd article of the Fifth Development Plan is illegal.

“According to the law, the president has the right to dismiss his ministers,” Bahonar said on Sunday.

Bahonar added that Ahmadinejad's argument, however, that the ministers' mission had ended because their respective miniseries had been dissolved is not legal.

“No new ministry can be established unless Majlis approves the mandate of the new ministries.”

Bahonar said he had also written to three ministers and informed them that “you are ministers unless you are impeached by Majlis or dismissed by the president but if the president says we do not have a ministry and therefore you are no longer ministers this is illegal.”

On Monday, Ahmadinejad introduced Minister of Commerce Mehdi Ghazanfari and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Abdolreza Sheikholeslam as caretaker Ministers of Mines and Industries, and Welfare and Social Security.

According to Iran's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the Iranian government is obliged to reduce its ministries form 21 to 17 to officially improve the efficiency of state administration.

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