Ahmadinejad questioned by critics

TEHRAN, March 14 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed to take major questions from parliamentarians seriously, an Iranian lawmaker said Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad was summoned before the Iranian Parliament to face questions about that state of the economy and for administrative decisions.


Mostafa Kavakebian, an Iranian lawmaker present at the session, was quoted by the semiofficial Mehr News Agency as saying Ahmadinejad was evasive.

"Actually, the president did not answer to any serious and major questions," Kavakebian said.

Ahmadinejad said most of the economic issues were tied to inflation and "something else which I will explain about it at a proper time."

Lawmakers also criticized Ahmadinejad for a series of administrative decisions he made last year.

Several members of Ahmadinejad's inner circle were the target of investigations in Iran, including one official accused of sorcery.

Ahmadinejad has been at odds with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei over a series of ministerial positions. Ahmadinejad tried to sack Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi last year because the intelligence agency was allegedly spying. Khamenei blocked the move.

Supporters of the ruling cleric defeated Ahmadinejad backers in recent parliamentary elections.


Wednesday was the first time a sitting president has been interrogated by lawmakers since the country's 1979 revolution.

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