Iran parliament to question Ahmadinejad over fraud

Iran's parliament is set to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over an economic scandal and his polices.

He would be the first president to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a drawn out conflict involving the president, the parliament and Iran's powerful clerics.

At least 73 lawmakers signed a petition to question Ahmadinejad, just above one-quarter of the 290 members required by Iran's constitution to call in a president.

Earlier the parliament found Ahmadinejad's economics minister guilty in relation to a $2.6 million fraud case, considered the largest in Iran's history.

The case is linked to Ahmadinejad's internal political power struggles with the clergy and parliament, which accuses him of overstepping his authority.


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