February 17, 2019 16:40
News ID: 4350

(Persia Digest) – An Iranian reformist believes: “The opposition has presented a motion to impeach the President under the present circumstances in order to lay the groundwork for the acceptance of their own candidates in the next presidential elections and tie the government’s hands in implementing certain policies such as the FATF.”

Some Iranian media reported a motion in the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) today, February 17, to impeach President Hassan Rouhani.

According to the reports, a number of MPs acted under the belief that the President has failed to tackle unemployment, control the forex market and avoid price hikes for goods and commodities.

Commenting on reasons for the President’s impeachment, the Tehran MP, Mehdi Sheikh, told Persia Digest (PD) that the motion, which has shocked other lawmakers, was signed only by a few members of the Iranian parliament and has even concerned the members of the anti-government faction and conservative deputies.

Meanwhile, reformist Gholamreza Zarifian told PD: “This political current has been looking for an excuse to provoke a confrontation with the government not only during its present term in office but also during its previous term. Currently, they are referring to the issue of FATF and Palermo [Convention] but before that they had raised the issue of foreign exchange and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This noisy minority (the anti-government faction in Majlis) which is also taking advantage of having a podium and safe haven [in the Majlis], uses government shortcomings and weaknesses to confront it.”

“Following the Banisadr episode, this is the first time that a group has decided to prevent the President from finishing his second term by impeaching him while the previous presidents have had the chance to complete their eight years in office. This group believes that the continuation of President Rouhani’s term will inflict more losses on society; therefore, now that the government has been socially discredited by its shortcomings and the aggrandizements of its opponents, they believe they can reach their goal.”

The political analyst added: “This specific juncture in time has been chosen due to pressures exerted on people by the economic sanctions, increased social discontent and the unclear fate of the JCPOA. However, this political faction has no political capacity or power to impeach President Rouhani. In addition, the Majlis and Islamic System will by no means accept this. However, they hope that even if their plan has no conclusion, it would at least lead to two achievements - question the government’s eligibility and prepare the groundwork for the acceptance of their own candidates in the next presidential elections, as well as tie the government’s hands in implementing those policies which displease them such as the FATF.”

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