Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, June 12, 2019 - On Monday and Tuesday, the Iranian regime's Majlis (parliament), witnessed a heated discussion between different MPs about the explosive state of the society and popular dissatisfaction with rising prices. As usual, the debates revealed more facts about the endemic corruption that is plaguing the regime in its entirety.
Majlis members with ties to the regime's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, attacked the government of Hassan Rouhani and demanded responses on the disappearance of $14 billion that was supposed to be allocated to handouts, basic goods delivered to the people.
Majlis members demanded the Rouhani government to explain why the prices of basic goods continue to rise, while this $14 billion budget was supposed to protect the people from price fluctuations. The MPs are asking the government to provide details on who the recipients of this budget have been.
"The president should explain. We allocated $14 billion at 42,000-rial exchange rate to basic goods. To whom has this money been paid? To which goods has it been allocated? What is the effect in the lives of the people? What we're witnessing today is increasing economic pressure on the people," one MP said in the Majlis session.
Other MPs pointed out to the regime's inefficiency in distributing goods to the people and the people's lack of access to oil, meat and other basic needs. "The continuation of this situation will spell disaster," Fatemeh Hosseini, another MP, warned.
"The Islamic Republic is faced with a very critical situation. Our establishment is under political, economic and security pressure. Meanwhile, the people are faced with many domestic challenges including environmental problems, unemployment, lack of jobs for the youth, poverty and economic and social inequality," MP Ali Esmaili stated.