MEK Iran: Raisi Claims About Economic Recovery in Iran
Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi stated during a recent visit to the Qom region that his government’s measures have resulted in a fall in inflation. This notion is so ridiculous that it has been debunked and derided by the regime’s own state media and authorities. Former MP Mohammad Reza Kabaz said, “One of the problems with the system is that our officials don’t claim responsibility for their own statements.”
Officials don’t claim responsibility for their own words
The state-run Eghtesad-e Puya remarked that “neither the people’s employment nor their livelihood problems have been solved” in the first hundred days of Raisi’s administration. Eghtesad Puya went on to say that the situation has gotten worse under Raisi’s administration, to the point that people are sleeping in buses because they can’t afford to pay their rent.
According to the state-run Hamdeli newspaper, inflation has surpassed 45 percent, and a family’s basic expenditures have reached 115 million rials, although salaries have remained unchanged since the beginning of the year, accounting for half or a third of the cost of living. “People are unable to pay their bills,” Hamdeli writes.”The budget for next year will result in more poverty for the people,” the Kar Va Kargar website warns in response to Raisi’s 2022 budget bill.
Workers protesting in dozens of cities
The Raisi administration, like its predecessors, will try to overcome the expanding government budget shortfalls by raising additional taxes on the increasingly impoverished Iranian population, per the Emrooz website.
While Raisi vowed to bring inflation “down to single digits,” Mardom Salari warns that the economic catastrophe is so severe that “experts are warning that the government is approaching the end of its honeymoon.”
On the other side, various experts and officials have issued dire warnings about poverty, hunger, and the precarious state of millions of Iranians. Every day, official media reports on Iran’s dreadful living conditions, from individuals living on buses to women selling their hair to make ends meet, from high meat and basic goods prices to the poor working conditions of millions of workers protesting in dozens of cities. Simultaneously, as the regime ignores the people’s basic needs, it goes to tremendous pains to reinforce its repression and propaganda apparatus.
The regime is facing serious challenges with the new budget
Raisi increased the budget of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) by 240 percent in this year’s budget bill. Budgets for the state-run broadcasting organization and the judiciary were also significantly increased. Meanwhile, teachers, retirees, and other government employees who have been demonstrating for their most fundamental rights have gotten little to no pay raises, certainly not enough to keep pace with rising inflation.
Even the Majlis (parliament), whose members have been strictly vetted and chosen to be regime loyalists, is admitting that the regime is facing serious challenges and are warning Raisi that the livelihood conditions of the people “are turning into a serious problem” and implicitly mocked the regime president by saying, “when will you go beyond just expressing sympathy and sadness.”
The regime’s approach, as in previous decades, has been to subdue the people with violence rather than fulfill their needs. Suppression and violence, on the other hand, are becoming more useless in the face of an enraged society that stands to lose nothing but poverty and tyranny. Even Ali Motahari, the former speaker of the Majlis, warned that the “systemic crises” will not be solved by killing, and that “crises will remain under the skin of society.”
The state-run Hamdeli daily reported on Jan 2 that the cost of the workers’ food basket is soaring. “The cost of workers’ food baskets has reached 115 million rials per month. Due to their living conditions, most workers cannot afford these expenses.