Iran parliament summons President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
07-Feb-2012 (one comment)

Iran's parliament has summoned the president for questioning for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces a long list of questions about the state of the economy, as well as his foreign and domestic policy decisions.

MPs have threatened similar action before, but failed to follow through.

The summons will be sent to Mr Ahmadinejad in the next two days. He must appear in parliament within a month according to Iran's constitution.

That means he could appear after legislative elections on 2 March - the first national elections since the disputed presidential poll in 2009.

Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

Iran's president and parliament are fighting a lengthy battle for power. Now, parliament has decided to take what may be a dramatic public step.

The summons for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes at a critical moment for the country's divided conservative establishment. Parliamentary elections are set to be held at the start of next month. The ruling conservatives came together in 2009 to defeat the opposition Green Movement. But since then, conservatives have fought among themselves.

Mr Ahmadinejad and his supporters want to reduce the influence of the country's ruling clerics. But the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his allies in parliament and the powerful Revolutionary Guards have fought back.