Iran's parliament wants Ahmadinejad out

New bill would reduce 4-year presidential term by almost one and a half years.

ahmadinejad 298 ap (photo credit: AP)
ahmadinejad 298 ap
(photo credit: AP)
Iran's parliament wants the next presidential elections to be held more than one year early, the Fars news agency reported Sunday. Parliament approved a draft bill upon which the parliamentary and presidential elections would be held simultaneously in the first quarter of 2008. As the next parliamentary elections are scheduled for February 2008, but the next presidential elections for June 2009, the new bill would reduce the four-year presidential term of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by almost one and a half years. The members of parliament in favor of the bill, more than 80 percent, say that the simultaneous formation of the executive and legislative powers would enable better cooperation between the two powers and strengthen parliament's supervision role. Ahmadinejad has not yet reacted to the draft bill.