Iran Majlis speaker hails President Rouhani’s accountability

IRNA – Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) speaker Tuesday said that the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s presence in Majlis to answer the lawmakers’ questions on his government performance is highly valued.

‘It is highly valued by the nation when it sees that the top executive official stays accountable before the people,’ Ali Larijani said in the Majlis open session held this morning to hear President Rouhani after a number of questions raised by the parliamentarians about current economic situation.

According to Article 88 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, when at least one-fourth of the total member of the Islamic Consultative Assembly asks a question from the president, or any one of the representatives asks a question from a responsible minister about his duties, the president or the minister are required to appear in the Assembly. The response of the president should not be delayed by more than a month and that of the minister by more than ten days; except with a valid excuse so recognized by the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

‘This article of the Constitution is an indication of deep democratic thought in the Islamic Republic system,’ Larijani said.

Iran has had such Constitution since the past four decades, while many regional countries are still caught in ‘tribal and arrogant systems,’ Larijani added stressing that there is a large distance between democratic Iran and a number of regional countries.

While addressing the Iranian MPs, President Rouhani said in Majlis on Tuesday that he considered his presence at the Iranian parliament as ‘a great day for the country’s democracy and for religious democracy as accountability is not a weak point for a government but instead is considered as its strong point.’

The Iranian lawmakers questioned President Rouhani over his government’s failure to control goods and currency smuggling, continuation of banking sanctions, unemployment rate, economic depression, increase in Forex rate and degradation of local currency.