Reformist members of parliament are collecting signatures to impeach Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
Iranian reformist lawmakers have started collecting signatures in Parliament to demand the impeachment of the country’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So far, 38 signatures have been collected out of the 72 required to formally summon Ahmadinejad and request his impeachment. Noureddin Pirmouzen, a deputy with the reformist minority, says it is nonetheless “positive to question” the head of the executive branch.
“Many actions of the current government and of president Ahmadinejad have led the country to an extremely worrying political and economic situation,” Pirmouzen told the Iranian news website Aftab.
Referring to a resolution of the UN Security Council unanimously approved on 23 December which imposes sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme, the MP said “it is the last straw which has made Iranians loose their patience.” The international community fears Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons and has repeatedly asked the government to halt sensitive nuclear work – a demand ignored by Tehran which claims its programme is solely for civilian use.
“Parliament cannot sit still in front of the current situation and watch as the economy worsens because of the government’s inability,” he added.
These members of parliament are not thrilled with Ahmadinejad’s obsession with a nuclear program:
Iranian reformist parliamentarians on Saturday blamed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government for failing to prevent United Nations sanctions.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on December 23 to impose sanctions on Iran’s trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology in an attempt to stop uranium enrichment work that could produce material that could be used in bombs.
Iran says it wants nuclear power to generate electricity.
Reformist former President Mohammad Khatami suspended Iran’s nuclear work for more than two years in an effort to build confidence and avoid confrontation with the West, but Ahmadinejad’s government resumed uranium enrichment in February last year.
“The only way to pass the crisis is to build confidence…but a holding Holocaust conference and financing the Hamas government creates mistrust and tension,” Noureddin Pirmoazzen, the spokesman of parliament’s reformist faction, told Reuters.
We may not have to deal with Ahmadinejad because his parliament just may do that for us, if these reformers are serious that is. Hopefully there are enough Iranian reformers to get the 72 signatures. Even if there isn’t, however, having this news splashed all over the world, and hopefully Iran, is not good for Ahmadinejad.