IRAN: MPs sack Minister over fake Oxford degree

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, suffered a serious blow last week when parliament sacked his Interior Minister for faking a law degree from Oxford University, writes Ian Black of The Guardian, from Tehran. Ali Kordan, a powerful figure on Iran's complex political scene, was told by the Majlis that he must face impeachment after he also admitted trying to bribe MPs not to proceed against him.

By backing Kordan until the eve of the vote, the president tarnished his reputation as a fighter against corruption. "This is a serious setback to Ahmadinejad and a triumph for parliament," said Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University political scientist. The Kordan saga began in August when parliament, which vets ministerial appointments, voted on his confirmation. When MPs questioned his eligibility he produced a certificate purporting to be an "honorary doctorate of law" from Oxford and was approved by a slim margin.
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