Iranian reformist lawmakers move to impeach Ahmadinejad

An unpopular president suspected of religious fanaticism, whose bellicose foreign policy has alienated the international community, now facing a groundswell of dissent and calls for his impeachment.

It’s nice finally to be able to enjoy this scenario. Thanks to Wes R. for the tip.

Iranian reformist lawmakers have started collecting signatures in Parliament to demand the impeachment of the country’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So far, 38 signatures have been collected out of the 72 required to formally summon Ahmadinejad and request his impeachment…

Referring to a resolution of the UN Security Council unanimously approved on 23 December which imposes sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme, the MP said “it is the last straw which has made Iranians loose their patience.”…

Issa Saharkhiz, [reformist] editor and political analyst, told Adnkronos International (AKI) that “Ahmadinejad’s golden era is over.”

“I don’t think Ahmadinejad will leave the presidency before his mandate expires but I am also convinced he will not succeed in winning a second term,” added Saharkhiz. “Many factions and personalities who supported Ahmadinejad’s candidature at the 2005 presidential elections have already abandoned him and don’t spare criticism, even harsh and direct, of the president and his government.”

The usual caveat applies about the credibility of Iranian dissidents. Assuming the story’s true, they probably won’t get the number of signatures they need. Although…