A motion submitted to the Iranian Majlis (parliament) on Sunday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed after three lawmakers withdrew their names, the satellite Pess TV reported on Wednesday. The motion only carried 70 signatures and fell short of the legal quorum needed to summon the president, Mohammad-Hossein Farhangi, a member of the Majlis presiding board, was quoted by Press TV as saying.
According to Iran’s constitution, the president must appear in the parliament to answer lawmakers’ questions when at least one fourth of all the 290 lawmakers sign a motion summoning him. On Sunday, a new motion signed by 73 lawmakers was presented to the Iranian Majlis presiding board calling for questioning Ahmadinejad. It was the second time that a motion was presented to the presiding board to question the president.