Iran Majlis decides not to refer questions from president to Judiciary

IRNA – Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) presiding board has finally decided not to refer questions from President Hassan Rouhani to the Judiciary, a senior lawmaker announced Sunday.

Parliamentarians reached the conclusion that the questions from the president has not to be referred to Judiciary as they did not find any violation or disobedience of law, Behrouz Ne’mati, spokesman for the Majlis presiding board told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

On August 28, President Rouhani attended Majlis open session to answer five questions raised by 82 out of 290 Iranian lawmakers about his government’s failure to control goods and currency smuggling, continuation of the banking sanctions, increased rate of unemployment, growing economic depression and increase in Forex rate.

The MPs were only convinced by President’s answer about one of the questions which was related to the continuation of banking sanctions while his answers to other four questions failed to win the lawmakers approval.

According to Article 88 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the MPs can summon president or any of his ministers to Majlis for detailed explanations on specific issues when at least one-fourth of the total member of the Islamic Consultative Assembly asks a question from the president, or any of the MPs asks a question from a responsible minister about his duties.

Moreover, according to an amendment on the Article 213 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure, if majority of the representatives present in the session are not convinced with the response of the president to a question and the topic under question is considered a violation of the law or disobedience of the law, the question will be sent to the Judiciary.

However, after reviewing the remaining questions at Majlis special committee during the past couple of days, the Iranian MPs concluded that no violation of law or disobedience has been occurred by the government of President Rouhani and there is no need to refer the case to the Judiciary for further examination.