Ma­jlis Drops Zarif’s Im­peach­ment

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

TEHRAN (MNA) – A mem­ber of Par­lia­ment’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mit­tee said Wed­nes­day that the pro­posal on bring­ing im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings against Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif have been can­celled.

Alireza Rahimi made the an­nounce­ment, say­ing that the mo­tion on im­peach­ing Zarif will not be dis­cussed in Par­lia­ment as the num­ber of sig­na­tures has fallen be­low 10, after 15 MPs re­tracted their re­quest to ques­tion the for­eign min­is­ter.

The com­mis­sion had ear­lier re­ceived a par­lia­men­tary mo­tion, signed by 24 law­mak­ers, to im­peach the for­eign min­is­ter over his re­cent com­ments about “wide­spread money laun­der­ing” in Iran and a host of for­eign pol­icy is­sues.

Ear­lier in Novem­ber, Zarif said that those who profit bil­lions from money laun­der­ing are spend­ing mil­lions of it to pre­vent the pas­sage of the bills re­quir­ing more fi­nan­cial trans­parency in the coun­try.

An in­ter­na­tional trans­parency watch­dog, the Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force (FATF) has de­manded that Iran should ad­here to anti-money laun­der­ing stan­dards and en­act laws to pre­vent fi­nanc­ing of ter­ror­ism.

The com­ments im­me­di­ately trig­gered a wave of en­raged re­sponses from the op­po­si­tion camp.

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