Iran's Ahmadinejad Grilled by His Own Parliament

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced some tough questions Wednesday from an unusual source -- his own parliament.

Ahmadinejad is the first president in Iran's history to be called before the legislature.

They're accusing him of mismanaging Iran's economy and defying the authority of the country's supreme leader.
    
During the questioning Ahmadinejad joked around and even poked fun at how poorly written the questions were.

"It was not a very difficult quiz," he said of the questioners.

"To me, those who designed the questions were from among those who got a master's degree by just pushing a button. If you had consulted us, better questions could have been drawn up," he said.

Many of the lawmakers denounced his performance, saying he insulted the parliament.

"The president's language was insulting during his entire speech. He escaped answering the questions. As predicted, we didn't receive any logical answers from the president," lawmaker Mostafa Reza Hosseini said.

"The parliament is now very much against the president. He didn't respect the house," parliamentarian Ghodratollah Ali Khani said.

Ahmadinejad has been tangled in an ongoing conflict with lawmakers and the country's supreme leader.

According to the Associated Press, Wednesday's inquisition only served to further solidify the perception that Iranian president is deeply wounded politically and that he won't likely have a protégé on the ballot in the 2013 presidential elections.

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