Iran Lawmakers Sack Economy Minister In Another Blow To President Rohani

Iran Lawmakers Sack Economy Minister In Another Blow To President Rohani

Iran Lawmakers Sack Economy Minister In Another Blow To President Rohani

He added, "We are not afraid of America or the economic problems". But a majority of lawmakers voted to reject his explanation in four out of five areas. Trump's decision to abandon the nuclear deal was opposed by US allies in Europe, who argued that he undermined Rouhani and strengthened the hands of the hardliners.

Earlier this month, Iran's minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare lost a vote of confidence.

Iran has struggled with high rates of inflation and joblessness for years, despite a slight improvement following the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which lifted global sanctions and saw a flood of foreign investors.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sought to defend his administration amid ongoing economic problems exacerbated by US President Donald Trump's trashing of a multilateral nuclear accord.

On Aug 16, an image went viral of a protest by seminary students in the shrine city of Qom, at which one placard warned Rouhani would meet the same fate as former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was found dead in a swimming pool a year ago. The issue may now be referred to the judiciary to investigate whether the government has broken the law. "We will not allow a bunch of anti-Iranians who have gathered in the White House to conspire against us".

While Mr Rouhani, first elected in 2013, and his cabinet run Iran's day-to-day affairs, ultimate authority lies with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in power since 1989, and now aged 79.

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"I want to assure the Iranian nation that we will not allow the U.S. plot against the Islamic Republic to succeed", Rouhani said in a live broadcast on state television.

"The protests tempted Trump to withdraw from the nuclear deal", he said, asking lawmakers to support his cabinet and not add to anti-government sentiment.

Most foreign firms have abandoned investment projects in Iran, and the next phase of renewed USA sanctions in November will hit the crucial oil sector.

The MPs quizzed Rouhani on his government's failure to tackle the rise of unemployment, slow economic growth and the fall of the rial, as well as cross-border smuggling operations.

As usual, Rouhani offered no concrete policy proposals, instead saying repeatedly that the answer lay in showing the people that the establishment was united.

The president said he had asked the country's Revolutionary Guard to help stamp out illicit trade.

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