0630 GMT: President Ahmadinejad has paid a 90-minute visit to Parliament this morning --- in the face of political in-fighting and criticism of his economic programme, as well as the context of June's Presidential election --- to defend his record.
Pro-Ahmadinejad State news agency IRNA portrays the President's speech as a call for unity against enemy threats to the economy. Ahmadinejad said "empathy" could turn those threats into opportunities, with his Administration ensuring a fair distribution of income and resources to assist those less well off.
The President also repeated his assertion that he would wean the Government budget from reliance of income from oil sales, which has provided more than 80% of export revenues.
Beyond the economic front, Ahmadinejad continued his presentation of the Islamic Republic v. the enemy, claiming that the latter was using the nuclear issue and human rights as a "pretext for hostility".EA WorldView: EA Iran