Iran lawmakers drop Rouhani impeachment

A group of hardline Iranian politicians have reportedly abandoned an attempt to impeach President Hassan Rouhani, after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei signalled he still backs Rouhani's administration.

That's according to Iran's Tasnim news agency. About 10 parliamentarians are said to have been pushing for Rouhani's impeachment, and were trying to rally other lawmakers to their cause.

The Iranian parliament has 290 seats.

But one politician quoted by Tasnim said that the motion had been dropped after Ayatollah Khamenei, the highest authority in the country, had expressed support for the government.

Rouhani has long been criticised by hardliner elements in Iran, and it's been complicated by the rapid deterioration of relations with the U.S., starting with Washington's withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.

The daily struggle for Iranians to make ends meet has also become harder since the reimposition of U.S. sanctions two years ago.

And the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, and the coronavirus crisis.

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- A group of hardline Iranian politicians have reportedly abandoned an attempt to impeach President Hassan Rouhani after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei signaled he still backs Rouhani's administration. That's according to Iran's Tasnim news agency. About 10 parliamentarians are said to be pushing for Rouhani's impeachment and were trying to rally other lawmakers to their cause. The Iranian parliament has 290 seats.

But one politician quoted by Tasnim said the motion had been dropped after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in the country, had expressed support for the government. Rouhani has long been criticized by hardliner elements in Iran. And it's been complicated by the rapid deterioration of relations with the US, starting with Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

The daily struggle for Iranians to make ends meet has also become harder since the reimposition of US sanctions two years ago. And the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, and the coronavirus crisis.