DUBAI - Iran's parliament on Sunday told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he must appear before the assembly within a month to explain his economic policies at a time of crisis, his second such summons in less than a year.
Ahmadinejad's conservative rivals in the 290-seat assembly have harshly criticized his handling of an economic crisis that they blame as much on his mismanagement as on Western sanctions aimed at derailing Iran's disputed nuclear program.
Economic problems have seen the Iranian rial plummet and oil exports dwindle, exacerbating divisions within Iran's factionalized political system, despite calls from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for officials to stop bickering.
Last week, Khamenei renewed his demands for unity, saying public infighting amounted to a betrayal of the country.
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