Iran’s economic crisis weakens Rouhani’s position

Iranian hard-liners are euphoric as President Hassan Rouhani is under great pressure from public opinion and is losing credibility among voters amid a difficult economic situation.

But this situation did not happen overnight. Rather, it is the result of a combination of the policies of US President Donald Trump and well-designed plans by opponents of Rouhani in Tehran.

This time, opponents of Rukhani want to not only weaken the position of the president, but completely squeeze him out of his post. A similar step was considered a taboo in recent decades, however, the basis for it has developed after the presidential election in May 2017.

According to conservative Abbas Salimi Namin, the initiators of this plan are supporters of a tough stance under the leadership of Ayatollah Mohammad Tagi Mesbah Yazdi. But Salimi Namin also said on May 20 that the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was opposed to this, since he was generally against the premature departure of the government.

When Trump came close to the deadline of May 12, when it was necessary to decide whether to remain in the nuclear deal, Iranian hard-liners continued to implement their own impeachment scheme of Rouhani. These efforts may have been fueled by protests in December 2017 throughout Iran. These demonstrations first began in the northeastern city of Mashhad in the Khorasan-Rezavi province, where they were organized by hard-liners. But everything quickly got out of hand. Khorasan-Rezavi remained firm with leader Ahmad Alamolkhoda and his son-in-law Ibrahim Raisi.

The United States wanted to isolate Iran, but in the end they themselves were isolated. This opinion was expressed by the President of the Islamic Republic Hassan Rouhani. He noted that all the major countries of the world, including Russia and China, condemned the decision of Donald trump to withdraw from the agreement.

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