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Iran parliament votes to send Ahmadinejad to court

Lawmakers in Iran vote in support of legal action against Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Cabinet reshuffle controversy

AP , Wednesday 1 Jun 2011
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Iran's parliament has voted to refer President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the judiciary over what lawmakers say is a violation of the constitution.

Although it's unclear whether there will be a lawsuit against Ahmadinejad, Wednesday's vote in parliament shows the majority of Iranian lawmakers are siding with the Guardian Council -- the country's constitutional watchdog body -- in an ongoing controversy with the president.

The legislators voted 165-1 in favor of legal action against Ahmadinejad over his move last month to declare himself caretaker oil minister after he sacked Masoud Mirkazemi under a Cabinet reshuffle plan.

A parliament report says Ahmadinejad's action was in "obvious violation of the constitution." Remaining lawmakers in the 290-member assembly were either absent or abstained.

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