Tehran, 21 Jan. (IPS) Iranian fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered his worst humiliation at the hands of the Speaker of the Majles (Parliament), after Ayatollah Ali Khamenehei ordered him to respect and apply laws approved by the Legislative body.
“Laws adopted through the process defined by the constitution must be respected by all organs", Mr. Khamenehei ruled in his answer to a letter addressed to him by the Speaker of the Majles (Iranian Parliament), Mr. Qolamali Haddad Adel calling for his arbitration between the Government and the Majles.
Laws adopted through the process defined by the constitution must be respected by all organs", Mr. Khamenehei ruled.
The surprise event surfaced on Monday 21 January 2008 after Mr. Haddad Adel informed astonished lawmakers that he had written to the Leader, asking his arbitration in a dispute between the Legislative and the Executive, accused by the Speaker of refusing to implement Majles decisions.
“After realizing that the President rejects some of the decisions approved by the Majles, particularly after receiving a letter from Mr. Ahmadijejad informing me that some of the bills concerning city councils or changing banks working time etc, are against the Constitution, insisting that decision of these and other matters are of the duties of the Executive. Since it is my duty to preserve the independence of the Majles, I wrote a letter to the Leader asking his opinion, which is duty bound for all", Mr. Haddad Adel told the Majles.
After reading the answer of Mr. Khamenehei, who, as the Leader of the Islamic Republic, has the last word on every subject, and thanking him, Mr. Haddad Adel added: "It happens sometimes that the Government, dues to some difficulties, fails to implements bills approved by the Legislative. At occasions in the past, the President would tell us that some of the decisions (taken by lawmakers) are of the prerogatives of the Executive. But I was surprised by the President writing to Majles to say a bill was against the Constitution, something which is the responsibility of the Council of the Guardians. This is absolutely new that has no precedent”.
According to the Iranian Constitution, it is the prerogative of the 12 members Council of the Guardians to decide whether bills approved by the Majles are in accordance with the constitution or not.
Majles Speaker Qolamali Haddad Adel accused the President refusing implements laws approved by the Majles.
The law concerning the fourth economic, cultural and social development, the law regarding the financing of gas service for the villages in the current year’s budget, the changing of summer and winter time and some other domestic matters are among issues that Mr. Ahmadinejad says are not Legislation’s obligations.
Iranian political analysts observed that since he took power in August 2005, backed by Ayatollah Khamenehei, this is the first time that Mr. Ahmadinejad receives such a slap from the Leader.
In the past months, there have been several cases of dispute between the conservatives-controlled Majles and the hard line President over several subjects, including the budget, inflation, Government’s economic policies etc…and Mr. Haddad Adel, who has family link to the Leader, was accused of bowing to the President, considered to be a protege of Mr. Khamenehei.
"With this action, he (Haddad Adel) hopes to secure his re-election. But also he wants to show that the Majles is independent and powerful", one political analyst told IPS.
This is the first time that Mr. Ahmadinejad receives such a slap from the Leader.
Mr. Ahmadinejad is under increasing pressures from the so-called “pragmatist” wing of the clerical leadership led by a troika made of two former presidents, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami and Ayatollah Mehdi Karroubi, a former Speaker accusing him of deteriorating Tehran’s relations with the international community over the controversial Iranian nuclear activities, his bellicose foreign policy, mismanagement, like the shortage of gas and fuel following heavy snow fall all over the country and above all, lying to the people.
But some moderate voices among the ruling conservatives blame him of worsening daily life of the ordinary Iranians, failing to keep up with his presidential promises, rising inflation and prices of housing and basic foodstuffs, declining exports and increasing imports etc..
Mr. Haddad Adel said that despite the opposition by the President, he ordered the disputed bill be printed by the official newspaper as law. “According to the Constitution, the President is bound to sign the new law within five days and order his government to implement it, and the official newspaper to print it within 72 hours after publication”, he explained.
According to some political analysts, the growing unpopularity of Mr. Ahmadinejad has prompted many lawmakers, anxious getting re-elected in the forthcoming Legislative elections due for March, to dissociate themselves from him and abandon the sinking ship. ENDS AHMADI REBUKED 21108