Iran: Raisi’s Absurd Claims will not Address Iran’s Decaying Economy
Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s president, has only boasted about economic revival and made empty promises since taking office. Iranians, on the other hand, know that when the fox preaches, they must look after their geese, and these empty promises only mean more economic pressure. Raisi resurfaced with new lies and absurd claims after his ridiculous order to eradicate poverty in two weeks and to stop rising prices. Raisi claimed that inflation had “disappeared” in a meeting with his cabinet last week. He also expressed displeasure with rising prices, ordering a “monitoring and root” investigation into the issue.
Abbas Tabesh, deputy minister of Labor, on April 13, ordered: “any increase of prices should be revised by tonight. Prices should be the same as last year.” “The rising inflation and unemployment rate are visible and felt by the general public. When you announce these unrealistic statistics, you get nothing but laughter!” said Alireza Pakfetrat, MP, in response to figures given by members of Raisi’s cabinet on April 16, as reported by the state-run Eghtesad-online website.
“After making a slew of economic promises, [Raisi’s] government has been in place for eight months. “However, it is disappointing that [Raisi] only expresses dissatisfaction with the high costs of basic necessities and orders investigations,” the state-run Mardom Salarie newspaper wrote on April 14.”Raisi wants to use ‘orders’ to solve problems. These unfounded orders only demonstrate that problems are not deeply studied and [the regime] is bereft of any solutions. Raisi has issued a slew of orders in the last eight months, but has he considered who will carry them out and what the consequences will be?” The paper continues.
#IranProtests#ChaharMahalAndBakhtiari, SW #Iran—"The liar with six-class education, what happened to your promises?" Social Security Org retirees chant outside the local office in Shahrekord, mocking up President Raisi's ignorant and his hollow promises. pic.twitter.com/IBVCps1YF2
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The state-run Javan daily, which is linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), mocked Raisi’s words in an article published on April 15, emphasizing that “Skyrocketing prices require no investigations.” They are rooted in your colleagues’ mismanagement.”The truth about Iran’s financial crisis is not at the bottom of the well. The state-controlled media and officials admit to fabricating some shocking statistics about the country’s economic crisis and people’s plight.
“In 2019, the poverty rate was around 32 percent, which was the highest in ten years. High inflation, particularly since 2018, the economic downturn, and the steady decline in per capita national income have caused Iranian households to experience a decline in welfare over the past decade, and finally, about 26.5 million people are below the poverty line in 2019,” according to the state-run Farhikhtegan, a close ally of Raisi’s government, on April 13.
But it is naive to think that Raisi and his ministers are unaware of the consequences of their empty gestures. Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader, appointed Raisi as president and hand-picked his cabinet from IRGC thugs, only to tighten his fragile regime’s ranks and increase oppression in order to contain the volatile society amid international isolation. The regime’s refusal to address the country’s economic woes is evidenced by its increasing number of executions and hostile acts toward the international community, such as its race to develop a nuclear weapon.
In a nutshell, Raisi’s administration would not be able to resolve Iran’s economic problems. It contributes to them. In exchange, the country’s financial crisis has only increased people’s contempt for the regime, and Raisi’s lies and promises have only added fuel to the fire of discontent in Iran.