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Iran votes to send President to court

Iran’s parliament has voted to refer President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the judiciary over what lawmakers say is a violation of the constitution.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2011 00:03 IST

Iran’s parliament has voted to refer President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the judiciary over what lawmakers say is a violation of the constitution.

Although it’s unclear whether there will be a lawsuit against Ahmadinejad, Wednesday’s vote shows the majority of lawmakers are siding with the Guardian Council, the country’s constitutional watchdog body, in an ongoing controversy with the president.

The legislators voted 165-1 in favour of legal action against Ahmadinejad over his move last month to declare himself caretaker oil minister after he sacked Masoud Mirkazemi under a Cabinet reshuffle plan.

Remaining lawmakers in the 290-member assembly were either absent or abstained.