Iran Parliament Starts Impeachment Against Economy Minister

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s Parliament has launched an impeachment process against the country’s economy minister for his poor handling of banks and his appointment selections.

Iranian news agencies said Sunday enough Parliament members have signed a motion to start impeachment proceedings against Shamseddin Hosseini. They say he hired unqualified people for important positions in his ministry. They also blame his poor monitoring of banks for a $2.6 billion bank scam.

The $2.6 billion bank fraud estimate has been hailed Iran’s largest in history.

The conservative-dominated Parliament has kept up pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government, which some members have called a “deviant current” that seeks to undermine Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Impeachment is somewhat common in Iran.