Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - MPs wanted massive Education Ministry lay-offs - MPs wanted massive Education Ministry lay-offs: "MPs wanted massive Education Ministry lay-offs

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - ©2005
LONDON, Jan 26 (IranMania) - MP from Tehran Majid Ansari said lawmakers who had prepared the impeachment motion against Education Minister Mostafa Haji wanted to get rid of more than 50 officials and staff of the Ministry, including top- and mid-level managers.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ansari said Majlis Presiding Board was under intense pressure to put it on the agenda, though Speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel and First Vice Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar were opposed to the plan.

"Never has the government claimed that there is no fault in state managers' performance, but impeaching a minister while there is only a few months left to President Mohammad Khatami's tenure would give rise to negative consequences," he said.

Asked if the letter by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei ordering the legislature to drop the plan was upon the request of the government, the lawmaker said he was not aware of any such appeal."


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