A number of Iranian lawmakers have tabled motion to impeach Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The proposal for impeachment of Zarif, which carries 24 signatures, has been delivered to the Parliament’s Presiding Board, Ali Asqhar Yousefnejad, a member of the board said on Tuesday.
The move came after Iranian foreign minister recently in an interview pointed to existence of money laundering in the country, IRNA reported.
On November 11, 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.
Zarif was summoned for more explanations to parliament.
Many of his colleagues and some reformists came to his defense and some government officials began disclosing “dirty money” figures to prove that the foreign minister was right to raise the issue.
Yousefnejad said that parliament has referred the impeachment proposal to its National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
Another member of the Parliament’s Presiding Board said on Tuesday that 27 lawmakers signed a motion to impeach the Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
The lawmakers noted that Larijani's move to refer a bill on combating money laundering and the Palermo bill to the Expediency Council without performing legal procedures, violates the Constitution.
However, Yousefnejad said that the move failed to garner enough signatures.