Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has warned government officials not to be lazy or take their posts for granted while President Hassan Rohani's government is trying to stem public anger over its handling of a currency crisis.
Avoid neglect, laziness, pomposity, arrogance towards people or rely on leadership positions that can take days, "said Khamenei in a speech at a military academy, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
His comments come more sporadically after a week Protests at the Grand Bazaar in Tehran, where gold and jewelry dealers barricaded their businesses and demonstrated against rising prices and weakening riyals.
On Wednesday, Rohani addressed the government's growing anger over the government a monetary crisis caused by the withdrawal of US President Donald Trump in May from the 201
Rouhani said his government would not resign or resign but make changes to his current cabinet, which is used by ordinary Iranians and others It has come under fire from some senior officials, even for their ability to fight planned US action, to severely weaken Iran's economy.
"Today the enemy's plan is to create a split between the people and the state, but they are stupid, they do not know the state, and people are one," Khamenei said in his speech on Saturday needed to separate people from the state, but our attachment to the people is getting stronger. "
Earlier on Saturday, Akbar Torkan, a top Rouhani consultant, said that the Iranian central bank's policy to stem the collapse of the Rial was inadequate After holding record lows in April when Trump abandoned the nuclear deal
Since April, the Rial has broken a record high of $ 60,000 against the dollar, the central bank of Iran has sought to take control of its collapsing value the exchange rate was unified at a single official rate of 42,000 and all other non-state sales of gold coins and foreign exchange banned Politics has e failed to thwart illegal foreign exchange transactions, and earlier this week the dollar was sold for an average of 84,300 rials on the black market.
"It is impossible to keep currency prices down when there is political pressure, and if prices go up in general, if you keep the currency cheap, imports will be cheaper and that will lead to a defeat in domestic production," he said Torkan according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Had the central bank standardized the rials four years ago, as originally planned, the current crisis could have been averted.
Rouhani will visit Switzerland and Austria from Monday on, as the European Union will reinstate a package of mechanisms that still guarantee the economic benefits of the nuclear agreement for Iran, without US secondary sanctions, when they re-enter on 4 November be introduced.
( Adds comments by the Rouhani Adviser and details of the currency value from paragraph seven. )