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Iran Parliament Won’t Allow Lawmaker to Quit, Tehran Times Says

Iran’s parliament refused to allow Ali Motahari, one of its members, to step down, after he said he was quitting in protest at the body’s failure to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about allegedly illegal actions, the Tehran Times reported.

The parliament rejected his resignation by 155 votes to 31, with 12 abstentions, the newspaper said.

Motahari said on Oct. 12 that the parliament’s lack of attention to a petition on Ahmadinejad’s actions left him unable to protect the rights of the people he represented.

The petition, signed by 100 members of the 290-member legislature, was submitted to the presiding council on June 26. Several signatories later gave in to pressure to withdraw their names, the Times cited Motahari as saying.

Iranian law requires the council to deal with petitions signed by 73 or more lawmakers.

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