Opponents of Iran's minister of agriculture failed Sunday to obtain sufficient support from lawmakers to sack the official in the first serious attempt by parliamentarians to challenge President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Voting to impeach a Cabinet minister requires a request by 10 of parliament's 340 lawmakers.
"Out of 247 votes only 98 legislators voted against the minister. Mohammed Reza Eskandari will continue as minister of agriculture," said Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, speaker of parliament after a four-hour session, broadcast live by state radio.
A majority of parliament is required to dismiss a minister.