Iran's parliament summons Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (c) arrives at the Iranian Parliament to defend his budget in Tehran, Feb. 1, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

February 07, 2012, Tuesday/ 13:44:00

Iran's parliament has summoned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over a long list of accusations, including allegations that he mismanaged the nation's economy.

It's the first summons of its kind for an Iranian president since 1979. It follows a petition by a parliamentary committee and is part of a power struggle ahead of March parliamentary elections.

Mohammad Reza Bahnoar, the parliament deputy speaker, said Tuesday that lawmakers are demanding Ahmadinejad answer questions on the economy, including purportedly bypassing a special budget for the Tehran subway and public transportation. He is also to be queried about foreign and domestic policy decisions.

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