Twenty-eight members of Majlis, Iran’s parliament, today started the impeachment proceeding against President Ahmadinejad’s finance minister, Shamseddin Hosseini. The parliamentarians are said to be unhappy about the government’s handling of a $3 billion bank fraud, the largest in Iran’s history. A motion to impeach Energy Minister Majid Namjou was also filed at Majlis. The parliamentarians are dissatisfied with the latter's performance in office.
The impeachment proceedings against the ministers manifest the determination of the conservative majority in Majlis to keep pressure on Ahmadinejad. They have already accused his political confidant and chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, of leading a “deviant” faction against the ideals of the Islamic Republic, regarding him as dangerous as the leaders of the 2009 Green Movement.