Iran lawmakers target two Ahmadinejad ministers

By REUTERS
October 23, 2011 14:09

 
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TEHRAN - Iran's parliament threatened on Sunday to impeach two of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ministers, in a new wave of pressure against the president who is under attack from lawmakers.

Unhappy about the government's handling of a $2.6 billion bank fraud and other policy failings, enough parliamentarians signed motions to start impeachment proceedings against Economy Minister Shamseddin Hosseini and Energy Minister Majid Namjou, news agencies reported.

"Twenty-eight lawmakers have signed for the impeachment of the economy minister for violating the law and appointing unqualified people to important positions," the ILNA news agency quoted lawmaker Omidvar Rezaei as saying.

Fifty-one members signed the motion against Namjou -- who oversees the electricity and water networks but is not in charge of the vitally important oil sector.

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