Well, things are finally looking up! Time might be finally running out! Iran is falling on the ropes!
What, you thought I was referring to last night’s debate in Denver? Since when have I really expressed any interest in that boring horse race–with two supremely unqualified candidates? But another coming election, next year’s Iranian presidential election, shows perhaps some daylight is arising.
I’m almost positive the candidates for the Persian nation’s 14th most-powerful office (behind Ayatollah Khamenei and the 12 members of the Guardian Council of the Constitution) are equally as unqualified as I find their American counterparts, but the statements attributed to Ali Larijani are revealing:
The Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said that ’80 per cent’ of economic problems were linked to government mismanagement and the rest to sanctions.
‘The speaker should help the government overcome the problem instead of accusing the administration,’ Ahmadinejad said.Larijani is among the possible candidates for next June’s presidential elections that will pick Ahmadinejad’s successor.
Iran’s currency fell again yesterday, hitting a record low of 35,500 rials against the U.S. dollar on the unofficial street trading rate, which is widely followed in Iran.
On Sunday it was 29,500 rials to the dollar. Two years ago, it was close to 10,000 rials for $1.
‘Are these (currency) fluctuations because of economic problems? The answer is no,’ Ahmadinejad said.
‘Is this because of government policies? Never … It’s due to psychological pressures. It’s a psychological battle.
‘The enemy is making pressure by playing with (exchange rate) numbers in the street.’
Ahmadinejad described the sanctions as part of a ‘heavy battle’ that has succeeded in driving down oil exports ‘a bit,’ but he gave no precise figures.