1 May 2011

Iranian MPs call for debate on president

2:08 pm on 1 May 2011

MPs in Iran have called for a closed debate on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's apparent boycott of his official duties.

The president, who is known for his frequent media appearances, has not been seen at his office for eight days, the BBC reports.

He has missed two cabinet meetings and cancelled a visit to the holy city of Qom.

His absences began after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, told him to reinstate a cabinet minister the president had pushed out.

Since then, the Ayatollah has reinstated the intelligence minister.

Parliament has tacitly threatened Mr Ahmadinejad with impeachment, the BBC says, while analysts say an internal power struggle may be under way.