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Iranian regime’s parliament summons Rouhani as economy falters

Orient Net 2018-08-01 10:45:00

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Iranian lawmakers have given President Hassan Rouhani one month to appear before parliament to answer questions on handling of Iran’s economic struggles, Iranian regime’s media reported on Wednesday.

It is the first time parliament has summoned Rouhani, who is under pressure from hardline rivals to change his cabinet following a deterioration in relations with the United States and Iran’s growing economic difficulties.

Lawmakers want to question Rouhani on topics including the rial’s decline, which has lost more than half its value since April, weak economic growth and rising unemployment, according ISNA news agency.

Rouhani, a pragmatist who reduced tensions with the West by striking the nuclear deal in 2015, is facing a growing backlash since US President Donald Trump pulled out from the pact in May and said he will reimpose sanctions that seek to throttle Iran’s economy, including its lifeblood oil exports.

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