Iranian MP says government in disarray as analyst predicts mass unrest

An Iranian lawmaker says the Iranian government is in disarray and a political analyst says the current economic situation is likely to cause unrest.

Legislator Gholam Ali Jafarzadeh Imanabadi told the Nameh News website Tuesday in Tehran that the Iranian government has already collapsed and it will be too late when President Raisi finds out what his advisers have done to the country and the government.”

Imanabadi, a moderate-conservative politician, charged that “Iran has 6 presidents”. He explained that Vice President Mohammad Mokhber expelled Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohsen Rezaei and Vice President for Executive Affairs Solat Mortazavi from the Government Economic Commission, but to what extent can this move make the effective Raisi’s economic team? »

He claimed that although the current economic crisis is the biggest problem in the country, Raisi knows very little about the economy and his team is still extremely weak and uncoordinated.”

Imanabadi said that “all 6 candidates for the 2021 presidential election, including Raisi, are members of the Raisi administration.” He added, “In other words, the government has 6 presidents, as the saying goes ‘too many chiefs and few Indians’.”

“All the existing evidence points to differences in the government’s economic team,” he said, asking “How can the vice president for economic affairs not be a member of the government’s economic team?”

Mogammad Mokhber (L in blue) with President Raisi in August 2021

Imanabadi explained, “There’s so much pressure on Raisi and he can’t do anything but make more promises because his economic team isn’t helping him. The head of planning and budget Massoud Mirkazemi is doing this. who pleases him, whatever the promises of Raisi to the people and Mokhber a big bluffer. We still remember that he said: Five big countries buy [Covid] Iran vaccines.

The lawmaker claimed that if everything in the country’s economy is tied to the nuclear deal and every talk with Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian raises the US dollar exchange rate by 10,000 rials, Raisi insists still on the fact that he will not link the fate of the economy to the nuclear agreement (JCPOA).

What the lawmaker did not mention is the fact that attempting to publicly downplay the impact of US sanctions is a regime-wide policy imposed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Meanwhilesaid political analyst Ali Mohammad Namazi in an interview that “if the current situation continues, widespread protests are likely in Iran”. Namazi stressed that the Iranian government should reach a nuclear deal with the United States as soon as possible.”

Namazi warned that the Iranian treasury is almost broke and the government is not even able to make the outstanding payments.” He exclaimed “Why is there still no nuclear deal when the economic situation is becoming more and more difficult?

He quoted other analysts as saying that nothing has changed in the new draft nuclear deal from that prepared under President Hassan Rouhani’ last year, and suggested that “the government should be determined to sign the final agreement without insisting on irrelevant issues. But the negotiating team is more focused on token moves than on technically concrete negotiations.”

It implicitly referred to Tehran’s demand to withdraw the IRGC from the US list of terrorist organizations that blocked the talks in Vienna.

Namazi said “a final deal will lead to an economic breakthrough that would lead to the release of Iran’s frozen assets and facilitate normal oil exports. Non-nuclear sanctions can be left for the future when the two sides can have discussions. beyond the nuclear issue.”