Rohani’s advisor: Iran’s next administration may annul some decisions of Ahmadinejad’s government

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Advisor of Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani Akbar Torkan has said that the next administration may annul some of the recent decisions made by the current government.

The mentioned decisions include appointing and dismissing officials, as well as signing new contracts, the TASNIM News Agency reported.

"I have received some reports which made me concerned. Some of the recently signed contracts will put pressure on the next administration," he said.

Rohani will take the office in August.

"8 years ago Ahmadinejad had asked the then president Mohammad Khatami to avoid making decisions which will bring pressure on the next administration, but right now he is doing exactly the same," Torkan added.

As part of the recent decisions, Meysam Taheri, the head of the High Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad, was replaced by Morteza Dadkhah.

The Tasnim and Mehr New Agencies have reported that the decision may be related to Taheri's disagreement with Iran's Vice-President Hamid Baghaei over making changes in the council's structure.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also transferred some lands that had belonged to the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

Many criticized the move, claiming that the government secured the deal in exchange for the ceremony of gratitude hosted by the IRIB for the outgoing president a day before the transfer was announced. Even the country's Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari criticized the incumbent president for the move.

Ahmadinejad also transferred Gol Gohar Sirjan's second and third mines to the Social Security Organization to payoff government's debts to the organization.

Torkan earlier this month said that the country's economic situation is worse than previously thought. The next administration's main concern is to provide people with staple foods, he said in an interview with Aseman weekly newsletter.

Torkan has said that the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has spent the money, which had been gained through increasing fuel prices for paying cash subsidies, in other cases and so the next administration will have no money for the cash payments.

"According to the national budget bill, the cash payments should be continued. To this end, fuel prices should be increased by 38 percent. But, this issue has not been realized yet, meaning that there will be no money to pay cash subsidies," Torkan said.

Meanwhile, Rohani's economic advisor Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht has said that Rohani will revise the system for cash subsidies.

President Ahmadinejad's legacy for Rohani includes a 1.9 per cent economic contraction in 2012, over three million unemployed citizens, 40 per cent closed industry unions, $400 billion debts, a $60 billion deficit in last year's budget based on the USD's official rate in Iran, 32 per cent inflation, halved crude oil export and a drop in the value of the national currency by 40 per cent in 2012, alongside blocked $100 billion worth of assets in foreign countries.

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