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Intelligence Ministry Slams Iran FM's Pick

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 21 (ICANA) – The Iranian Intelligence Ministry has opposed the appointment of Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh as the country's new deputy foreign minister.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:22:11 AM
Intelligence Ministry Slams Iran FM's Pick

In a letter sent to Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday, Iran's Intelligence Ministry voiced displeasure over the move and called on Salehi to swiftly dismiss Malekzadeh, who has a criminal record, Fars News Agency reported.

During a meeting between members of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and the Iranian foreign minister on Sunday, Salehi was informed of the reason for the opposition of lawmakers to Malekzadeh appointment of and their plan for his impeachment.

“Apparently Salehi was not aware of this individual's criminal record and his infringements,” Iranian lawmaker Zohreh Elahian said.

“In this meeting Salehi said the presence of a person with criminal records in the diplomatic apparatus is not in the interest of the country… therefore he will dismiss Malekzadeh if his infringements of the law are proven,” she added.

A number of lawmakers have signed a motion to impeach Foreign Minister Salehi following the appointment of Malekzadeh as deputy foreign minister.

Under the Iranian Constitution, members of the Iranian Parliament can impeach an individual minister in instances they deem necessary. An impeachment motion can be submitted if it bears the signatures of at least 10 lawmakers.

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