Like pulling wings off of fliesThe presidential election in Iran isn't until next summer, but the Larijani brothers seem intent on crippling Ahmadinejad long before that.
Iran’s parliament sacks another Ahmadinejad minister
Iran’s parliament Sunday voted to impeach the country’s labor minister, the ninth minister from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s cabinet to be sacked during the president’s second term in office.
Sunday’s proceedings represent a dramatic escalation in the long-standing power struggle between Ahmadinejad and the speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani.
In Sunday’s vote, 192 of Iran’s 272 parliament members voted in favor of the impeachment of Labor Minister Abdul-Reza Sheikholeslami, accusing him of assigning Iran’s former general prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, to be the head of the country’s social security fund, which the articles of impeachment said was “against the expediency of the country, unlawful and against the interests of 33 million workers under this fund.”…
The impeachment of Sheikholeslami puts the Ahmadinejad government dangerously close to forcing a new vote of approval for the entire cabinet, which would almost certainly result in the removal of Ahmadinejad’s preferred ministers. Iran’s constitution states that if a majority of a president’s ministers are removed during a single term, the parliament must vote to re-approve the president’s cabinet choices.
The Larijani brothers head two of Iran’s three branches of government, the parliament and the judiciary, positions they have used to attempt to foil populist Ahmadinejad. There is wide speculation that the best known of the five brothers, parliament speaker Ali, will make a second bid for the presidency when Ahmadinejad completes his final term in June…
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