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Ahmadinejad repeatedly claimed he wants to share “jokes” with the lawmakers.

“Here is not a place to share jokes. This is the parliament. The president has no right to insult the legislature,” lawmaker Mohammad Reza Khabbaz told the chamber angrily.

Ahmadinejad’s closing words caused some of the largest uproar.

“It was not a very difficult quiz,” he said of the questioners. “To me, those who designed the questions were from among those who got a master’s degree by just pushing a button. If you had consulted us, better questions could have been drawn up,” he said.

The president said he must be given a top score on the “quiz.” “Be fair. Give a good grade. Any grade of less than 20 (perfect) will be rude,” he said.