As the plan for questioning President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to be implemented by Iranian lawmakers today, the question is will the head of government will turn his answers into a political dispute?

To avoid such problem, a number of members of Iran's Majlis (parliament) proposed the other lawmakers who raised the issue of questioning, above them Ali Mottahar, to abandon the plan.
However, responding to this request, Mottahari, a prominent member of cultural commission of Majlis told Khabar Online: "There's no need to be concerned for the issue, since Mr. Ahmadinejad is smart enough not to turn his answers into a usual political clash."
Earlier, a number of lawmakers including Elias Naderan asked those who were involved in the questioning act to change the plan into a session of discussion and interaction with Ahmadinejad and some members of his cabinet.
But Mottahari rejected the idea and said asking questions of the president will bring some particular good results.
"We should note that the proposal made by those seven respected lawmakers to change the plan with holding a joint session between Majlis and the government for considering economic and social problems would not be a good replacement," he stated.
"It would be better that these friends execute their own plan in 1391 (the new Iranian year begins on March 20), since these two plans are independent and detached from each other," the representative of Tehran in Majlis added.
Mottahari went on to say that the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran and procedural guidelines of the parliament cannot be violated. Moreover, people's right and their expectation of the lawmakers must not be disregarded.
"Certainly the session of questioning the president will lead to a better understanding between the Majlis and the government and will shed light on several vague issues. In the final analysis, such act will add the magnificence of the recent parliament election," he said.
Earlier in June, Mottahari who has been a prime critic of Ahmadinejad in recent years said that he has provided a petition for questioning the actions taken by Ahmadinejad which was finally signed by 100 lawmakers.
Based on the Islamic Republic of Iran's Constitution, the measure to question the president should be signed by at least one fourth of the Majlis members (73 out of 290) to be proceeded. If the plan is put into practice, it would be the first time in the history of Iran that a president is being formally questioned by the parliament.
The criticisms made against the administration include violating 50 articles of the Constitution and the complaints on the reasons behind the delay in introducing the Minister of Sports and Youth for the newly established ministry.
Other issues under question are delay in allocating funds to the Metro of Tehran, measures adopted by the government in putting the ratified cultural plans into practice and above all, the resistance of Ahmadinejad against a decree issued by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei which reinstated Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi.
The president had sacked Moslehi reportedly over a difference. After the order of the leader was issued, Ahmadinejad refused to attend his office for 12 days without giving any explanation. Previously 216 lawmakers who comprise the majority of parliament members had asked Ahmadinejad to obey the orders given by the leader.
Based on the Article 88 of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution, the president must attend the floor of Majlis in a month after being summoned. He won’t be subject to this law if only lawmakers agree to withdraw the motion. On the other hand, at the moment the president's interpellation is not under consideration.
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