Majlis sacks interior minister

TEHRAN, Nov. 4 (MNA) – Majlis voted overwhelmingly to oust Interior Minister Ali Kordan over his fake PhD certificate.

Of the 247 lawmakers present, 188 voted against, 45 in favor, and 14 abstentions.

 

Kordan served as deputy oil minister in the current administration before taking the Interior Ministry portfolio.

 

Kordan took the post just on August 5 after he received 169 votes in favor, 64 against and 36 abstentions.

 

Kordan was the first minister in the Ahmadinejad cabinet to impeachment.

 

No compromise on implementing the law

 

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani stated the Majlis does not compromise with any one in implementing the law.

 

“The impeachment was an acid test for the nation and showed that the Majlis does not compromise with any one in implementing the law and correcting the wrongs,” he said after the impeachment.

 

The speaker added it is evident from the votes that the Majlis firmly defends the logical principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

He denied reports that he had introduced Kordan to the president for interior ministry, saying no one had consulted with him in this regard.

 

Larijani also pointed out that he had repeatedly asked Kordan to resign before impeachment but he had refuted to do so.

 

“I even suggested Kordan to accept another post.”

 

He went on to say that having a certificate is not a prerequisite to taking the office but the problem is Kordan has not been honest with the Majlis.

 

The speaker also said Kordan has also served the country which should not be ignored.

 

“I don not see Kordan’s record as black or white but rather gray.”

 

Administration’s conception of Majlis is wrong

 

MP Ali Mottahari emphasized the government’s conception of the Majlis is wrong and the impeachment was not a “political game.”

 

The MP pointed out that lawmakers were firm in impeachment out of their concerns with “religion and values”.

 

“The impeachment of the interior minister should be named an ideological and intellectual impeachment.”

 

Mottahari remarked that people will trust in the government only when they the wrongdoers are chastised.

 

The wrongdoers should be dealt with regardless of their affiliations, he said.

 

 

Defending his record prior to the voting, the interior minister said whatever would be the result of impeachment it will “reinforce unity” among persons loyal to the Islamic Revolution.

 

He also cited many examples of insults to him during the last months. Some of the representatives objected to Kordan asking him to keep on the track.

 

Kordan stated he refuted to resign before impeachment not out of his willingness to stay in power but because he has had not any “religious reason” to do so.

 

 

HK/PA

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MNA

 

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