Ahmadinejad called before parliament

For the first time in the history of the theocracy, an Iranian president has been called before parliament to answer questions about his stewardship. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who lost a power struggle last year with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, responded to a series of questions with an hour long harangue about how great he is. CNN: Ahmadinejad was also asked why he had sacked former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki while he was on a mission to Senegal. Ahmadinejad replied that Mottaki had been told that he was no longer the foreign minister before he went to Senegal, and should not have gone there at all. Lawmakers also quizzed him about his failed attempt to fire Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi in April. When Khamenei vetoed the move, Ahmadinejad retreated from the public eye for 11 days, skipping Cabinet meetings. Asked about that absence, Iran's Press TV quotes the president as responding: "It was said I stayed at home for 11 days. This is one of those things! ...(Read Full Post)