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MPs Urge Judiciary Move on President

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 1 (ICANA) – Iranian lawmakers have agreed to submit a report to the country's judiciary on “legal violations of the government” in the appointment of a caretaker for the Oil Ministry.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:57:26 PM
MPs Urge Judiciary Move on President

Many Majlis (parliament) deputies have voiced their opposition to a decision by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to temporarily run the Oil Ministry, arguing that the move is “illegal.”

During the Wednesday session of the Majlis, 165 lawmakers voted in favor of the report and 1 voted against it while 13 abstained from voting.

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani also said that the deputies made the decision based on article 233 of the internal Majlis by-laws and regulations.

Last month, Iran's Guardian Council also stated that President Ahmadinejad's decision to take charge of the ministry is against the provisions of Article 135 of Iran's Constitution.

The council, which is charged with interpreting the Constitution, argues that according to the article, the Iranian chief executive is only allowed to appoint a caretaker minister for three months.

In a televised speech on May 15, President Ahmadinejad said he would run Iran's Oil Ministry temporarily following his decision to relieve three Iranian ministers of their duties as part of a plan to merge ministries.

The Iranian government announced plans on May 9 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.

President Ahmadinejad issued three separate decrees on May 14, dismissing 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.

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

However, President Ahmadinejad's move to merge ministries has provoked criticism from some members of the Majlis.

The lawmakers contend that the government's decision is “illegal,” emphasizing that ministers that have obtained a Majlis vote of confidence should remain in their posts until their official dismissal.

The developments come as the Iranian government is due to hold the one-year-term presidency of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Austrian capital of Vienna on June 8.

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