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Akhoundi Facing Impeachment Motion

Akhoundi Facing Impeachment Motion Akhoundi Facing Impeachment Motion

A motion for the impeachment of roads minister was presented to the Majlis Presiding Board on Sunday, in the second attempt by lawmakers to sack Abbas Akhoundi.

The request was signed and forwarded by 84 parliamentarians who cited his weak performance that led to a terrible train collision, one of the worst rail accidents in Iran in recent memory, Fars News Agency reported.

Forty-nine died and 103 were injured in what has become a national scandal and prompted the resignation of the head of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, Mohsen Pourseyyed-Aqaei.

The disaster happened when a passenger train hit another that had stopped near Haft-Khan station, on the railroad linking the cities of Semnan and Damghan in northeast Iran. The cause was described as "human error". 

Akhoundi's weak response to previous transport accidents, lack of transparency in transport contracts and poor management of the housing sector were among other reasons mentioned in the text of the motion.  

Under the parliamentary procedures, after an impeachment request is presented to the presiding board, it will be sent to the Majlis Development Commission for consideration.

If the number of supporters of the impeachment declines to less than 10 lawmakers after a meeting between the commission and the minister, the impeachment will be canceled, otherwise its receipt will be announced by the presiding board.

According to law, the impeached person has 10 days to appear before the Majlis to defend his record and seek a vote of confidence.

In 2015, Akhoundi managed to survive an impeachment vote in the previous principlist-dominated Majlis. If it goes ahead, this will be the fourth impeachment of ministers of the government led by Hassan Rouhani. 

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