November 10, 2008

GOING OVER HIS HEAD TO THE TOP GUY:

Iran economists denounce Ahmadinejad's policies: In an open letter they say Iran faces deep economic problems, including stunted growth, double-digit inflation and widespread unemployment, contradicting recent statements by officials. (Borzou Daragahi, November 10, 2008, LA Times)

A group of 60 Iranian economists Sunday condemned the economic policies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and contradicted recent boasts by Tehran officials who said the Islamic Republic has been successfully weathering the global financial crisis.

In a 30-page letter quoted by several newspapers and state-run television and published on the website of the independent Iranian Labor News Agency, the economists say Iran is in dire economic straits and must drastically change course. The letter also says Ahmadinejad's "tension-creating" foreign policy has "scared off foreign investment and inflicted heavy damage" on the economy.

"Meager economic growth, widespread jobless rate, chronic and double-digit inflation, crisis in capital markets, government's expansionary budget, disturbed interaction with the world, inequity and poverty have combined with the global economic downturn to leave undeniably big impacts on exports and imports," the letter says.


Ayatollah Khamenei is rightly worried that the guys who want to bring back the Revolution risk destroying the Republic, which is why he'll engineer the departure of Ahmedinejad and try again to elect an economic reformer.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2008 9:35 PM
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