"If Imam Khomeini said Majlis has full authority, it was to prevent the re-emergence of dictatorship in Iran."
Tehran, Sept. 19, 2010 - - Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his remarks about Majlis no longer having full authority.
"If Imam Khomeini, [the late founder of the Islamic Revolution], said Majlis has full authority, it was to prevent the re-emergence of dictatorship in Iran," presstv quoted Larijani as saying on Sunday.
He explained that in the Islamic Republic, Majlis, the Judiciary and the Executive Branch are independent from one another, adding that "these bodies have been designed in a way to administer justice in the country," ISNA reported.
"Parliament should supervise lest the government deviates from its course," Fars News Agency quoted Larijani as saying.
Principlist lawmaker Ahmad Tavakoli said that Ahmadinejad's recent remarks would be reviewed in a meeting attended by representatives from Majlis, government and the Guardian Council on Monday.
Tavakoli added that based on the Iranian Constitution, the cabinet and president are "accountable to people, Majlis and the Leader of Islamic Revolution."