The move comes on the back of a petition by lawmakers for a review of Ahmadinejad’s policies and amidst a power struggle in the country ahead of March 2 parliamentary elections and a presidential vote in 2013.
While general elections are slated to take place in late 2013, Netanyahu may plump for an early contest to take advantage of high popularity ratings and try to win a second term before US presidential elections in November.
Abdul Munim al-Fathani, reportedly wanted by the US over his alleged involvement in attacks on the USS Cole in 2000 and a French oil tanker in 2002, was killed in the attack, tribal leaders told reporters.
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said she would join the foreign ministers of France and Britain, Alain Juppé and William Hague, and the Arab League chief, Nabil al-Arabi, at the UN in New York today.
Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed government official as saying that “Syria rejects the decisions taken which are outside an Arab working plan, and considers them an attack on its national sovereignty and a flagrant interference in internal affairs.”