Iranian parliament starts preparing impeachment of President Ahmadinejad

Iranian parliament starts preparing impeachment of President Ahmadinejad

The Iranian Parliament has started preparations for the impeachment of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The reason may come from disagreements between the president and the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, reports.

The last demonstration of the disagreements was Ahmadinejad's failure to dismiss Iranian Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi. The minister resigned at the insistence of Ahmadinejad on April 17 but returned to the position.

There were disagreements earlier. Ali Khamenei fired Vice-President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei in July 2009. The president did not approve the decision and appointed Mashaei as the head of his administration. Mashaei’s daughter and Ahmadinejad’s son are married.

Ahmadinejad dismissed Mashaei in April 2011, The Los Angeles Times reported without clarifying the reason.

Ahmadinejad dismissed Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuchehr Mottaki in December 2010 without informing the supreme leader. Ali Akbar Salehi, former head of the Organization for Nuclear Energy in Iran, replaced Mottaki, The Guardian reports.

Openly showing displeasure with Khamenei, the president refused to restore him to the position, despite requests from members of parliament and the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. The president stopped appearing in public on Friday.

According to the Iranian Constitution, the supreme leader has more power than the president.