Majlis Drops Zarif’s Impeachment
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.