Sunday, 24 February 2013

Iran Live Coverage: Ahmadinejad Tries to Take Control on the Economy

0745 GMT: Ahmadinejad Watch. President Ahmadinejad went on State TV to try and show his control of economic affairs, promoting his forthcoming Budget and declaring that the Government was effectively handling production, investment, and services.

Ahmadinejad continued to push his subsidy cuts programme, the second phase of which has been held up for months by Parliament, with the declaration that "it will be good for all Iranians". He said the Government would get a grip on inflation and the falling Iranian currency by controlling the liquidity in the Islamic Republic's economy.

The question is whether the President will be allowed to maintain this image of control without criticism. Earlier in the day, he  met with Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani and head of judiciary Sadeq Larijani for 90 minutes, following their high-profile conflict this month which featured the President's attack on the Larijani family on the floor of Parliament.

Footage of the meeting on State TV was meant to ease concerns over the political battle, reinforcing the Supreme Leader's call for a cease-fire, but the three men appeared edgy on camera.

Afterwards, a speaker said the three had discussed “Syria, our nuclear activities, the national budget and the high prices in the country".

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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