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Iran lawmaker resigns over Ahmadinejad challenge

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 8, 2008 file photo released by the Iranian President's Office, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. The village of Fordo _ which is hailed by Iranians for the greatest per capita losses during the 1980s war with Iraq _ was chosen to symbolize Iran's next move in its nuclear brinksmanship: An underground uranium enrichment site that could begin operations by early next year. FILE - In this Tuesday, April 8, 2008 file photo released by the Iranian President's Office, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. The village of Fordo _ which is hailed by Iranians for the greatest per capita losses during the 1980s war with Iraq _ was chosen to symbolize Iran's next move in its nuclear brinksmanship: An underground uranium enrichment site that could begin operations by early next year. (AP Photo/Iranian President's Office, File)
October 12, 2011

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TEHRAN, Iran—An Iranian lawmaker has resigned to protest the parliament's failure to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over a long list of accusations, including corruption.

Ali Motahari says the parliament's presiding council has refused to put the petition to question Ahmadinejad on its agenda.

Motahari says he is resigning because he can no longer protect the rights of the people who elected him to parliament.

The petition reflects an ongoing power struggle between the Iranian president and hard-line lawmakers that once supported him.

The petitioners want Ahmadinejad to respond to a long list of accusations, including that he made statements harmful to parliament's reputation and withdrew money from the central bank without proper authorization.

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