Herradura (Spain), 20 Nov. (IPS) A Persian proverb says: “each time from this garden arrives new fruit, every time more fresh than before!”
If you thought you know about the voting procedures in a parliament, you are wrong, because only in the Islamic Republic of Iran the parliament can approve and confirm a minister, a motion, a project, not by one vote making the majority, but with “half a vote”; or decide to forbid itself from investigating some of the regime’s organs, where the number of lawmakers present in an open session can be “changed” from what it is really to what is necessary to accommodate instructions the Speaker receives from the “high above”, or the office of “aqa” (Master), etc…
“Even half a vote is enough to make the majority, Mr. Mahsouli has the majority", the Speaker of the Majles`ruled out..
On Tuesday 18 November, Mr. Ali Larijani, the Speaker of the Assembly of Islamic Council, or the Iranian Parliament, at the end of a stormy session in which the number of present members varied constantly from 270 to 273 to 275 while no one went out or came in, announced that Mr. Sadeq Mahsouli, the man the Iranian President had presented as the new Interior Minister “was voted in”.
When some lawmakers reacted angrily, observed that the postulant had not obtained the majority, Mr. Larijani rejected their objections, saying “even half a vote is enough to make the majority”.
In fact, if calculated arithmetically, Mr. Mahsouli was approved the margin of half a vote only, for if one divides the 275 members who voted, he got 138 votes.
When contestants insisted to review the counting of the vote in a closed session, the Speaker again refused, saying the “majority of thelawmakers present had voted in favour of Mr. Mahsouli”.
When observed that the law says one must have half of the voters plus one in order to become legal, Mr. Larijani contested, saying “Mr. Mahsouli got 138 votes and even half vote is enough to get the majority”.
The Majles erupted in anger after a confused Speaker announced that Mr. Mahsouli had obtained the majority of the votes by "half a vote"...
Mr. Mahsouli is a close friend of Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, the fanatic Iranian President. They were serving in the same brigade during the Iran-Iraq War. He was Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad’s first choice for the Oil Ministry, but as soon as some lawmakers asked to know how Mr. Mahsouli had become a billionaire, he decided to present his resignation before the questioning gets too far.
Two days earlier, in a move that had surprised everyone, the Majles had decided to take off some of the regime’s key organs from being investigated, including the Council of the Guardians, the Assembly of Discerning the Interests of the State (ADIS, or the Expediency Council) and the Revolutionary Guards.
The first one, made of six senior clerics named by the Leader of the regime, the megalomaniac Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i and six jurists named in equality by the Majles and the Government, oversees the conformity of all the decisions of the Majles takes before becoming laws with Islamic Canons and the credentials of each candidate to any election and decides who is fit to take part in the race or not, without providing any explanations. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a radical cleric, is the Secretary of this Council, which many experts considers its prerogatives as “illegal” and “anti-constitutional”.
In a move that had surprised everyone, the Majles had decided to take off some of the regime’s key organs from being investigated
The Expediency Council, headed by Ayatollah Al Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s second powerful man after the Leader is a “supra-Governmental” body that arbiters between the Majles and the Council of the Guardians when the two are at loggerhead over some laws, “guides” and oversees the actions and decisions of the Government. All its members, chosen from both “Principalist” and reformist wings of the Establishment, including former high-ranking clerics, officers and civil servants must be approved by the Leader.
The Armed Forces cannot be investigated for the simple reason that the Revolutionary Guards are the ruling mollah’s Praetorian Guards and the Armed Forces, the guardians of the integrity of the nation.
“This is the first time in the whole history of our Majles that lawmakers, officially the guardians of the Constitution, themselves commits an anti-constitutional act. Not only this decision weakens the Legislative, even though that all the three branches are under the bots of the Leader, but it also makes this power a powerless body at the personal service of the Leader”, commented Mr. Qasem Sho’leh Sa’di, a lawyer and a professor of international laws at Tehran and Shiraz universities. ENDS MAHSOULI 201108