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Reformist Criticizes Supreme Leader

The World | IN BRIEF / IRAN

March 08, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Conservative and reformist legislators scuffled in Iran's parliament Sunday after a reformist lawmaker called on a panel of clerics to examine the performance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"Was the performance of the supreme leader and bodies under his control compatible with honesty, prudence and fairness in the recent sham legislative elections?" reformist Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoeini asked, setting off a bout of pushing and shouting. Hard-liners consider Khamenei, who has final say on state matters, answerable only to God.

Conservative candidates retook parliament last month after a council of hard-line clerics barred more than 2,000 candidates, mainly reformists.

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