Majlis, the Iranian parliament, today called President Ahmadinejad’s decision to appoint himself as the acting oil minister “illegal” and referred the case to the Judiciary. The resolution was passed by a vote of 165-1 with 13 abstentions [ICANA, 1 June]. Last week, the Guardian Council also ruled that the president’s decision to take charge of the ministry was unconstitutional.
Iran is due to hold the one-year rotating presidency of OPEC on 8 June. As acting oil minister, Ahmadinejad could preside over the annual meeting of OPEC in Vienna scheduled for that day.
Photo: The Majlis Session. ICANA photo