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Lawmaker Says MPs Running Out of Patience with Administration

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (ICANA) – MP Ahmad Tavakkoli has written a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying the Majlis will not be lenient in dealing with the administration’s law-breaking forever.

“The president should not think that the Majlis will deal cautiously with the administration’s unlawful actions forever,” Tavakkoli, who is known for his criticism of the administration’s economic policies, said.

“Our caution is due to political considerations, but MPs will (eventually) run out of patience,” he stated.

The principlist MP believes that the administration’s decisions to reduce working hours in Ramadan and declare the day after Eid ul-Fitr a holiday contravene the law.

“Based on what permission did you declare Saturday a holiday? According to the law, the parliament has the right to designate a day as a holiday,” he asserted.

The president declared the day a holiday, ignoring the repercussions of his decision on the country’s economy, he added.

He went on to say that the Majlis decided not to declare the day a holiday, but the president illegally overturned the decision.

“What message is conveyed to the society? Is undermining the Majlis and mocking its decision consistent with the oath you have taken to safeguard the Constitution?”

Elsewhere in the letter, Tavakkoli said even though the Supreme Leader advised the administration against parallel activities in the area of foreign policy, the president did not obey the Leader’s directive and did not dismiss his special envoys for strategic regions around the world.

Ahmadinejad recently appointed a number of special envoys in a move which met widespread criticism.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also opposed the move as interference in the work of the Foreign Ministry.

Also, 122 majlis members have sent a letter to Ahmadinejad in regard to the appointment of special envoys.

A senior lawmaker says the Parliament (Majlis) has urged the president to preserve Iranian unity by avoiding parallel tasks in the country’s foreign policy.

The call came after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashaei, Hamid Baqaei, Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh and Abolfazl Zohrehvand as his special envoys for the Middle East, Asia, Afghanistan and Caspian Sea affairs on August 22.

The move drew criticism from 122 lawmakers who argued that the appointment of special presidential envoys in the foreign policy arena is “against the law,” urging President Ahmadinejad to stick to guidelines recently offered by of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Deputy Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Esmail Kowsari said on Sunday that Majlis had sent a letter to Ahmadinejad in which it “stressed the necessity of preserving unity and integrity in the foreign policy arena.”

“Since the country is in the state of emergency, there is no need to select special envoys,” said Kowsari, adding that the “country’s foreign policies are determined by the overall polices of the Islamic Republic.”

The Iranian lawmaker went on to add the president had replied the Majlis letter, Mehr News Agency reported.


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