Iran’s hard-line lawmakers move to summon Rouhani — Tasnim

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters)
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Updated 07 July 2020

Iran’s hard-line lawmakers move to summon Rouhani — Tasnim

DUBAI: Iran’s hard-line lawmakers plan to summon the president for questioning, a move that could ultimately lead to impeachment, media reported on Monday, amid growing discontent over the government’s economic policies.
Iranians’ daily struggle to make ends meet has become harder since the reimposition of US sanctions in 2018, and the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, a slump in the rial and the coronavirus crisis.
A motion to question President Hassan Rouhani was signed by 120 lawmakers out of 290 and handed to the presiding board of the assembly, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. To take effect, the motion must be passed to the president by the presiding board.
However, analysts say the board might hold back from issuing the summons, mindful that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s top authority, has called for unity among the branches of authority at a time when Iran faces mounting US pressure.
A move by parliament to question Rouhani’s predecessor was blocked by a rare intervention by Khamenei.
“The lawmakers have various questions for the president, including the reasons behind the foreign exchange market crisis as well as the high prices of basic goods and basic necessities of the people today,” Tasnim quoted Tehran lawmaker Eqbal Shakeri as saying.
Defying central bank attempts to revive its value, Iran’s rial currency has continued to fall against the US dollar on the unofficial market since April.
First elected in a landslide in 2013 and reelected in 2017, Rouhani opened the door to nuclear diplomacy with six major powers.

 


Burhan holds talks with US officials in UAE

Updated 8 min 19 sec ago

Burhan holds talks with US officials in UAE

  • Al-Burhan discussed with the delegation the future of Arab-Israeli peace
  • Talks have discussed the removal of Sudan from a US list of state sponsors of terror

DUBAI: Sudan’s Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al-Burhan has held talks with American officials in Abu Dhabi regarding the removal of Sudan from US official terrorism list, Al-Arabiya TV reported.

He also discussed with the delegation the future of Arab-Israeli peace and Sudan’s role in achieving this. “We affirmed the right of the Palestinian people to obtain their rights according to the two-state solution,” he said.

The Sudanese delegation is led by the transitional council’s chairman Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and includes Sudanese ministers, as well as experts and specialists in negotiation.

Since the downfall of President Omar Al-Bashir last year and the installation of a transitional government, the US has said it is open to removing Sudan from the list.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Khartoum last month and discussed removing sanctions against Sudan, which are in place as a result of the terror designation.Sudan has been on the list since 1993.