0551 GMT April 08, 2020
Sixteen members of Tehran City Council voted against and four in favor of his resignation during the council’s meeting, IRNA reported.
Before the meeting, Najafi said he wanted to leave the post due to his health condition and called for not attributing his resignation to political disagreements, but there were conflicting reports on the reason behind his resignation.
The members of the council called on him to keep his post and start his treatment while working as mayor.
Last month, Tehran prosecutor summoned Najafi for attending a ceremony to commemorate International Women’s Day, in which a group of underage girls danced.
The US-educated 65-year-old mayor who took over from Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf and came into office in August, promised to fight corruption in the municipality.
Official reports say the municipality had some $10 billion in debt, including $1 billion to contractors, when Najafi took office.
Reformists believe that pressure has been placed on Najafi following his claims of fraud during Qalibaf’s time as mayor.