Ahmadinejad said that a recently passed law that authorizes the Majlis to oversee the conduct of lawmakers is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a letter addressed to Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Supreme Council for Dispute Settlement and Relations Adjustment among the Tripartite Powers. The letter says that this law
…is in obvious contradiction with a number of the articles of the Constitution because, according to well-established rules, if a Majlis member infringes on others’ rights by his remarks, insults, or slanders (somebody), the case is subject to legal proceedings through judicial authorities.
Ahmadinejad added that the law has granted Majlis members a degree of legal immunity which constitutes discrimination between the people and their representatives. Majlis member Ahmad Tavakkoli, expressed regret about the president’s remarks, saying,
It would be better if Mr. Ahmadinejad obeyed the Constitution and stopped being obstinate instead of insisting on (his) view.
Mohammad Hussein Farhangi, a member of the Majlis Presiding Board, also said that the president is not in a position to comment on the law in question. Farda News asks why Ahmadinejad submitted the complaint to the Conflict Resolution Committee rather than the Expediency Council, which is constitutionally mandated to solve problems between the various branches of the government.