Iran parliament begins questioning Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliament has begun the questioning of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations including mismanaging the nation's economy and challenging the country's supreme leader.

Conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari, who is a prominent opponent of the president, posed the questions to Ahmadinejad Wednesday in an open session of the parliament broadcast live on state radio.

The summons is the first of its kind for an Iranian president since the country's 1979 revolution.

It follows a petition by a group of lawmakers for a review of policy decisions by Ahmadinejad, who has come under increasing attacks in recent months from the same hard-liners who brought him to power.

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