Iranian MPs head for showdown with President

Iran’s parliament is set to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over an economic scandal and his polices after the required number of MPs signed a petition yesterday, the latest salvo in a long battle between the President and his rivals.

Mr Ahmadinejad would be the first president to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict involving the President, MPs and clerics. At least 73 MPs signed the petition to question Mr Ahmadinejad, just above one-quarter of the 290 members required by Iran’s constitution to call in a President. Earlier, the parliament found Mr Ahmadinejad’s Economics Minister guilty in relation to a $2.6m fraud case, considered the largest in Iran’s history.

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