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Monday, August 16, 2010
‘Odd interpretation’ of law not allowed: Larijani
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani insisted on Sunday that ratifications by Majlis and Expediency Council are law and there is no room for ""odd"" interpretations in this regard.
The comments came in response to the president’s recent remarks in which he said he does not regard the ratifications of Expediency Council as law.
Ahmadinejad also caused an outcry last Wednesday when he said he does not “consider as law” a parliamentary approval - which has also been endorsed by the Guardian Council - on withdrawing 2 billion dollars from the Foreign Exchange Fund for metro development in Tehran and other big cities.
Larijani said what is of high significance at this sensitive juncture is to concentrate on the development of the country and resolve the economic problems facing the people.
The enemies have targeted Iran’s economy, the senior lawmaker said in an indirect reference to the economic sanctions against Iran for its peaceful nuclear program.
He noted through consultation, government, parliament and Judiciary must pave the ground for local investment and avoid excessive imports.
He also emphasized that marginal and divisive issues must be avoided to maintain national unity.
MP Asadollah Badamchian says ignoring laws ratified by the parliament and the Expediency Council is below the dignity of the president.
The president does not have the authority to neglect the ratifications, Badamchian told the Mehr News Agency.
Asked what will happen if Ahmadinejad does not implement parliamentary approvals, he said there are special laws to deal with such issues, but “we will not reach to that point.”
The Supreme Leader has asked the Guardian Council to form a committee to resolve possible difference between parliament and the executive body.
Larijani declared the parliamentary law on metro as the president refused to declare it. However, Badamchian said this case must not be overstated.
If a law is not officially declared to be in effect by the president within a specific timeframe, the parliament speaker is then authorized to declare the law to be in effect, at which point all executive branch bodies are required to implement it.