Iran parliament drops threat to summon Ahmadinejad

October 26, 2011 14:54

TEHRAN - Iran's parliament has dropped a summons calling President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in for questioning, Iranian media reported on Wednesday, signaling an uneasy truce after months of political struggle between rival conservative factions.

One hundred of parliament's 290 members signed a motion in June summoning Ahmadinejad to face questions, amid mounting criticism, particularly from hard line conservatives who accuse the president of riding roughshod over the legislature.

But, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for unity among the branches of power, parliament's presiding board held back from issuing the summons and Speaker Ali Larijani said it was now invalid as several lawmakers had pulled out.

"Sixty-nine signatures remain ... others have been withdrawn," Larijani told state radio. That is less than the 75 signatures needed to force the president to face parliament.

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