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Ahmadinejad to Speak Frankly If Grilled by Parliament, Mehr Says

Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has indicated that he will speak his mind if he is forced to appear before the parliament for questioning, the state-run Mehr news agency reported.

In a meeting last week between several lawmakers and the president, Ahmadinejad said he considered the possible questioning session “an opportunity to tell the unsaid,” Hossein Ali-Haji, one of the lawmakers, told Mehr in the report published today.

If Ahmadinejad is summoned, he “will put forth new issues in the country’s political atmosphere, the deputies will respond and this won’t be in line with the mood of consensus and cooperation” that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seeks, Ali-Haji said.

Lawmakers have been gathering signatures toward a motion that could see Ahmadinejad summoned to answer questions about turmoil in Iran’s currency market amid pressure from international sanctions. The president has in recent months exchanged diatribes with political rivals including Iran’s parliamentary speaker and the judiciary head.

Iran is holding a presidential election in June and Ahmadinejad, who’s completing his second term, isn’t eligible to run.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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