Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Iran Live Coverage: President v. Parliament

0705 GMT: It looks like the next act in the long-running play --- drama, tragedy, comedy --- of conflict between President Ahmadinejad and the Parliament will take place tomorrow morning on the floor of the Majlis. After days of political manoeuvres, the announcement finally came that Ahmadinejad will visit Parliament from 8:30 to 10 a.m on Wednesday.

What will happen, however, is not established. Ahmadinejad's goal is to turn the appearance into a renewal of the long-delayed second phase of his subsidy cuts programme, after Parliament ruled in November that there should be an indefinite suspension. MPs who are critical of the Government want to use the occasion as an information interrogation of Ahmadinejad, especially over his economic policies and alleged mismanagement.

All of this takes place as a drama within the emerging drama of June's Presidential election. So don't expect any final-act resolutions tomorrow. 

Ahmadinejad will stick to his "progress through my programmes" script and evade any attempted questions. Parliament will not relent on its opposition to the new phase of subsidy cuts, which were supposed to be implemented more than a year ago.

Ahmadinejad, anticipating this, will use the appearance to the public --- look at the unreasonable hostility of my critics (P.S. -- Vote for My Man in June).

And the Supreme Leader will watch all of this to ensure that some "balance amid conflict" is maintained.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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