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Iran: Rouhani delivers next year’s budget, causing uproar in parliament

Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani in the Majlis (Parliament)- File photo
Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani in the Majlis (Parliament)- File photo

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 8, 2019—Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani delivered a message on Sunday, December 8, in the regime’s Majlis (parliament) presenting his government's budget for the next fiscal year, covering March 2020 to March 2021. His preposterous claims and baseless numbers even raised criticism from the regime’s own vetted Majlis members. Rouhani claimed the regime’s economy is in the path of “development” and “prosperity,” drawing an uproar from Majlis members that sheds light on the mullahs’ shaky situation and the growing rifts inside the country.

“The government has taken significant steps in regard to macro-economy and the country is in the path of development and prosperity,” Rouhani said.

Majlis member Hossein-Ali Haji-Deligani lashed back with harsh words. “Rouhani stated his remarks in a manner that we simply do not believe his words will play into action. In the past we have seen his remarks fail to provide any results. Generally, we don’t believe words heard from Rouhani unless they are proven in action… In the current circumstances, goods are becoming more expensive and no one is taking any action to prevent this process. Unfortunately, state-run companies are taking the lead in increasing the prices of various goods and services,” he said.

 

Following a recent increase in currency rates after the gasoline price hike that launched nationwide protests, Abdolnaser Hemmati, the president of Iran's Central Bank, went back on previous remarks made by members of Rouhani’s cabinet claiming the gasoline price hike would have no secondary impacts. Hemmati acknowledged that the gasoline price hike has also lowered the value of the country’s currency, the rial, against the U.S. dollar. “Naturally, the gasoline price shock and the expected resulting inflation takes its toll on the currency market and temporarily disrupts its relative stability witnessed in the past few months,” he said.

The rial value has lowered 20,000 rials to 131,500 rials against the U.S. dollar ever since the November 15 gasoline price hike.

In such circumstances, the regime’s state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily writes, “Following the threefold increase in gasoline prices, the U.S. dollar began its rise and set new records in the currency market. This has paved a suitable path for a new increase in prices. The currency market will no longer be abiding by orders and policies imposed by the government… Continuing the previously set policies in the upcoming weeks will raise concerns about new price elevation in various goods, leaving the policies of the Central Bank – aimed at returning stability to the market – utterly fruitless.”

Voicing further concerns plaguing the mullahs’ regime, Ezzatollah Zarghami, known as a hardliner politician in Iran, delivered a speech in Yasuj University, southwest Iran, about how the Iranian people consider the regime’s state media as nothing but fake news. “Let me get to the point. Day by day our state media are losing viewers, and the numbers are reaching zero… Most of the people no longer trust the repeated hearsay seen and heard from state TV. They get their news from foreign media outlets,” he said in remarks delivered on Saturday, December 7. “I am saying this loud and clear. They no longer want you ‘reformists’ and ‘principalists.’ The new generation is intelligent and will not be deceived again.”

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