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Ahmadinejad Vows to Keep Silent, Cooperate with Majlis

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TEHRAN, June 30 (ICANA) – Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will not respond to accusations leveled against his cabinet, stressing that the government will continue to cooperate with the Parliament (Majlis).
Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:56:11 PM
Ahmadinejad Vows to Keep Silent, Cooperate with Majlis

“I am duty-bound to defend the Cabinet and the Cabinet is our red line. If they attack the Cabinet, we consider defending it our responsibility although we have kept silent thus far,” Ahmadinejad told reporters after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“We believe these measures and pressures exerted are a political move and it is very clear that they are aimed at pressuring the government,” IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

With regards to the recent arrests, Ahmadinejad said that many charges have been brought against these individuals but “there were some problems with these arrests that I have informed the Judiciary Chief [Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani] about.”

“Recently they have raised new issues, but our position is silence, but if they want to accuse my colleagues, it will be my legal, national and moral duty to stand up and defend my colleagues in the Cabinet.”

The Iranian president said “such moves and pressure will definitely harm the country,” expressing hope that such behaviors would stop.

“Henceforth, we will continue to maintain our silence but where we see that a great harm will come to the country, I am obliged to tell the people everything… but I hope that things will not come to that.”

Referring to the remarks of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Ahmadinejad said, “The Leader has repeatedly stressed that in legal procedures the individuals' rights must be protected.”

“Moreover, the reputation of individuals, particularly members of the government who are working 24 hours and do not have the chance to defend themselves, must be protected.”

He stressed the importance of creating a calm atmosphere in order to “get more work done towards the development and progress of the country.”

“There is a good understanding between the two [executive and legislative] branches [of the establishment] with regards to downsizing the government,” the president said on the topic of ministry mergers.

Ahmadinejad elaborated on the cooperation among Majlis, government and the country's other organs, saying that the government has an expert-oriented approach in implementing its programs.

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