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Iran's parliament dismisses labor minister

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2013 at 9:27 am •  Published: February 3, 2013

The dispute was seen a way to damage Ahmadinejad ahead of presidential election in June. Under the law, Ahmadinejad cannot run for another term, but his opponents say he is trying to impose a hand-picked successor on them.

For the first time in the country's history, the parliament grilled the president in March 2012 over the alleged mismanagement of the nation's economy. They also questioned Ahmadinejad about his decision to dismiss an intelligence minister in May 2011 — a move seen as a defiance of the country's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The minister was reinstated later at Khamenei's instruction.

Since then, many of Ahmadinejad's former supporters have started backing his conservative opponents.