MEK Iran: Mullahs Regime’s Unrealistic Budget Bill for 2021
The Iranian regime presented its budget bill for 2021. It was presented by President Hassan Rouhani’s parliamentary advisor, Hossein Ali Amiri, to the parliament.
The reactions to the proposed budget bill have not been very positive so far. State-run media outlets have reported on the situation, saying that the bill is hollow, meaningless, and baseless.
Iran’s 2021 budget bill sees 50% increase for religious organizations –
Iranians despise the regime’s brand of Islam. During major protests in 2019, they chanted against the Islamic Republic targeting Ali Khamenei, the core of the regime’s ideology. https://t.co/n2I27yTMY0
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) December 5, 2020
(PMOI / MEK Iran), analyses say that the Iranian regime has been struggling with economic difficulties for quite some time. It has a huge budget deficit that several regime officials have expressed major concern about.
The speaker of the regime’s parliament, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf spoke a few days ago to state media about the economic situation. He said during the televised interview that the “budget deficit means government revenue and expenditures to not read together”.
(PMOI / MEK Iran), analyses say that one of the many problems with the proposed budget bill is that it relies on an assumption of 47 percent growth in public expenditures and government revenues. Just two years ago, state-run media outlets commented on the 2020 budget bill as being ridiculous, with one publication describing it as “imaginary”.
There's an overall increase in defence spending in #Iran govt's proposed budget bill for 2021-22.
— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) December 2, 2020
For that bill, the regime projected export of one million barrels of oil per day. However, at their peak, they were around 300,000 barrels per day. Some are saying this latest bill is even more incredulous and it seems to be the case. This latest bill projects an export of 2.3 million barrels of oil per day. How the government thinks it is going to be able to reach anywhere near these figures is unknown.
The speaker of parliament said on Friday that the government must aim to be realistic when presenting the bill, emphasizing that oil exports are not stable revenue sources.
(PMOI / MEK Iran), analyses say that Another major point to make about the proposed budget bill for next year is the huge increase in military spending, most notably for suppressive measures. The 2021 bill allows an increase of 11 percent when it comes to military spending for suppression.
This week #Rouhani’s administration sent the draft budget from fiscal year of 2021-2022 to the Majlis for review and ratification.
Defense and military sending has increased in the $33.7 billion state budget in comparison to last year.
Army: 53% 🔺#Iran #budget pic.twitter.com/Pequ0fVNhh
— Fereshteh Sadeghi فرشته صادقی (@fresh_sadegh) December 7, 2020
(PMOI / MEK Iran), analyses say that this is especially shocking when we see the impact the Coronavirus health crisis has had and continues to have, on the people.
Over 179,800 people have died of the coronavirus in Iran, according to reports by the Iranian opposition the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). More and more people are falling into absolute poverty, the health service is under immense strain and the public services are falling to pieces. These are the areas that need huge budget increases. Not the military.
This budget bill shows that the regime has no control over the economy. It is unrealistic and it is unable to stabilize the economy. Decades of widespread corruption and mismanagement have had a major impact on most areas of life in Iran and the social situation is degrading as time goes on.
It is no wonder the people of Iran are desperate to see the regime fall. In November last year, a major uprising ensued after widespread protests broke out when the regime announced a huge increase in fuel prices. Although the grievances of the people run far deeper than just economics, it is always a starting point for protests.
Iran’s proposed 2021 budget is weighing on thin ice https://t.co/j2bXqlch3a
— Iran Akhbare Sima (@IranAkhbareSima) December 7, 2020
From the regime’s budget increase for the military, we can see that the regime’s priority is its survival.