Iran parliament votes to send Ahmadinejad to court

AP , Wednesday 1 Jun 2011

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

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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