Iran’s parliament voted on Wednesday to take Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to court over his takeover of the country’s vital oil ministry, escalating the power struggle between the president and the hard-line establishment that has turned against him.

The 165-1 vote was the latest salvo in the political maneuvering that began when Ahmadinejad publicly challenged Iran’s supreme leader in April, only to back down. The confrontations appear to be part of a power struggle ahead of parliamentary elections next year and the vote for Ahmadinejad’s successor in mid-2013.

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