Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ahmadinejad’s Cabinet Minister Impeached

The Iranian Majlis today impeached the Minister Of Transportation Hamid Behebhani. The minister, a close ally of President Ahmadinejad, was dismissed from his job by a vote of 147 in favor, 78 opposed with nine abstentions. His impeachment came in the wake of several deadly plane crashes in the country in the recent month. During the impeachment proceedings, Behbahani was criticized for mismanagement, financial misappropriations as well as plane crashes.

The vote also highlighted a rapidly growing rift between Ahmadinejad and his former conservative allies in the parliament. Yesterday, his new foreign minister received the fewest approval votes cast for confirmation of a new minister. Ahmadinejad and Behbehani did not attend the impeachment proceedings, provoking many speakers to denounce the no-show as a violation of the parliamentary procedures.

"That the president orders his minister not to attend the parliament session is the ugliest sign of disrespect to the house. Respect for parliament and preventing dictatorship require us to vote in favor of impeachment," said Ahmad Tavakoli, a prominent conservative member of the parliament.


Anonymous said...

The uneducated (and those whose job is to demonize) don't or don't want to understand the Iranian government. It's not a dictatorship where power is in the hands of one person. It's a dog eat dog competition between multiple power brokers, who use every opportunity to attack each other, much like the American system.

In this case the air crash (which may have been caused by snow) was used to Ahmadinejad's opponents to attack his team.

Anonymous said...

Just shows the diffussion of power in Iranian democracy. Iran is a rich nation and needs a technocrat as the Aviation miniter, perhaps an ex-IRIAF officer or Iran Air pilot to understand the safety and maintenence issues.

Anyway, good on the Majlis for putting this important issue on the table and showing the stability and strength of Iranian system.

Anonymous said...

@anon 2:23

Don't even bother to try and hope to convince....

Fact is those who bitterly denounce Iran, are actually hanging to a lifelong of wrong-hood, and see their lives wasted if Iran suddenly appears to be moving into the right direction...despite of them fighting it, thinking to have known better for decades.

I am sure we all know, individual ex-Iranians who can never agree with anything said or done by anyone,.... just because.

Laugh at them and make them feel wasted and small at all possible opportunity you get, but don't try to convince them, ... its too late.

You are the winner in life and they, the losers.

Bless Iran and all Iran loving Iranians acxross the globe

Nader Uskowi said...

Anon 2:23 PM,

Ahmad Tavakoli, the member of parliament who has made the dictatorship comment, is neither uneducated nor naive, and he certainly understands the Iranian politics as well as anyone in the country. The rift between Ahmadinejad and Larijani-led Majlis is real and should be taken very seriously by all who follow the Iranian politics. It will have huge implications in the next couple of years.

Anonymous said...

Dr.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the duly elected President of the Islamic Republic of Iran will complete his term of office as prescribed by the Iranian constitution and his 63.7% majority election mandate. The moronic wishful thinking of a few out of touch exiles is similar to Mobarek's delusions and amounts to NADA or ZILCH.

Iran is the most stable and powerful democracy in the region. BTW, the Rahbar will address the Friday Prayers at Tehran University and congratulate our Egyptian brotheren and sisters on their success in toppling the US/Zionist puppet regime of parasite Mobarek

Anonymous said...

An independent Legislative branch of government in action.

Looks like "dictatorship" offers a similar form of negative referencing to that of "socialism" here in America.

That's a highly charged, partisan political environment for ya.

Nader Uskowi said...

Anon 7:43 PM,

Ahmad Tavakoli is not a "moron wishful thinking out of touch exile," as per your description. He represents an important tendency within the current Iranian political realities and his opinion is certainly worth more than "NADA and ZILCH," as you have put it. We need to know and analyze different political tendencies within the country and not be so angry if we see voices of dissent within the ruling group, that's very healthy for the country's development.

Anonymous said...

Healthy debate in the Majlis is encouraged and shows the plurality of views and strong opinions in Iranian democracy. However, anyone who thinks that the Ahmadinejad's elected government can be destabilized is really out to lunch.

The simple fact that foreign based wishful thinkers don't realize is that no Iranian worth his salt is interested in destabilizing the hybrid grass-roots based Iranian democratic Islamic system. The US created mess in Egypt, Iraq and Af-Pak is enough to make even the most delusional anti-Iran exile think twice.

Iranians are now mature and educated enough not to fall victim to US/Zionist agenda of endless wars, chaos and destabilization of Muslim world, particularly oil rich nations like Iran which offer a credible alternative to the Zionist agenda and pose a challenge to US pipe-dreams (no pun intended).

In Iran renting a crowd of thugs ala 1953 Shiboon Bemokh (CIA Ajax) or the current Mobarek style rent a crowd to beat Cairo pro-democracy demonstrators is simply not possible. Even US conducted polls like PEW and University of Maryland clearly show that the vast majority of Iranians support the Islamic Republic and have no interest in undermining it for the entertainment of its foreign enenmies.

Iranian democracy will advance but at its own pace and within peaceful parameters of the stable system. Iranians are enjoying unprecedented security, international influence and economic prosperity as the region descends into the US/Zionist agenda. The mere fact that the Majlis can openly criticise every aspect of government policies without any fear speaks volumes about Iranian stability and government transparency.

The detractors of Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are ignorantly oblivious to the fact that Iran is not a one man rule dictatorship like its neighbours or a family run petro-pimpdom of the Persian Gulf. Iran is a stable pluralistic democracy with a vibrant civil society, free press and active political sphere. Dr. Ahmadinejad is an elected President with a wide support base, particularly in the rural and conservative areas of Iranian society. Iran's power centres are diffused with varying power-brokers and opinions. Any ludicrous idea that somehow Iran can be destabilized is very naive indeed. Only the crazies in Langley or Whitehall would be ignorant and out of touch enough to entertain such fantasies.

reader said...

“… anyone who thinks that the Ahmadinejad's elected government can be destabilized is really out to lunch”

With respect, Anon@12:33 is unwittingly exhibiting a classical case of paranoid ideation by suggesting that this very benign piece of factual news is in one way or another is polluting the mind of the readers of this blog against his/her idol of a government or president.

Truckload (LTL) Shipment said...

Iran's opposition has speculated that Khamenei is worried about the increasing power of Ahmadinejad and especially his chief-of-staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.

Anonymous said...

"Don't even bother to try and hope to convince...."

There is no such thing as an "ex Iranian" however there are non Iranians and you and some of the other morons are non Iranian.

Funny thing is I and many others laugh at your fanciful statements regarding the bankrupt and oppressive regime on your claim in how progressive they are,which is really hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:23 PM

Your claims are ridiculous regarding Iran not being a dictatorship.This shows your lack of education or deliberate misleading agenda.
Not only is Iran a dictatorship but it is the worst kind of religious fascist theocracy ruled by a self righteous criminal on the top with the support of a criminal para military organization known as the IRGC and their affiliates.
This man wasn't even qualified to be Valayate Faghih because he wasn't educated enough in the religious fields but Rafsanjani was a king maker and it was he that help him to that position.
If you think Iran's so called government is similar to the American system then not only you are uneducated but also a very poor liar.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:43 PM

You should go into comedy.