The rapid rise in prices in Iran over the past 12 months paints a very different picture. People cannot afford even the most basic needs.
PARIS, FRANCE, September 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — People’s Organization of the Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI/MEK) reported that a year after his appointment as president of the regime in Iran, Ebrahim Raisi held a press conference on Monday, August 29, which was riddled with a series of lies and ridiculous statements.
The regime’s skyrocketing budget deficit was estimated at three quadrillion rials when Raisi took office in August 2020. It has now more than doubled to seven quadrillion rials (about $23.6 billion at today’s exchange rate).
“We settled the budget deficit without resorting to printing a new currency,” Raisi said. However, it is worth noting that Abdolnaser Hemmati, the former chairman of the regime’s Central Bank, in an interview on May 8, called the Raisi government the “Sultan of money printing!”
State media has repeatedly reported on the Raisi administration’s unprecedented money printing practices. On July 17, the state-owned daily E’temad Online published an article titled “Unprecedented Record of Money Printing and Public Debt Increase” which read, in part, “In the first nine months of Raisi’s rule, the budget deficit increased by 2.3 trillion rials.” ”
The regime’s website, Daily Economic News, also wrote that “1.3 trillion riyals in the new currency have been distributed and the amount of currency in circulation increased by 18 percent in Raisi’s first nine months in office,” calling it “unprecedented.”
The end result of this “unprecedented” Raisi money printing is a runaway escalation of inflation and skyrocketing prices for essential goods. However, Raisi claims that “due to the measures taken by our administration, inflation has come down to about 35 percent!”
However, the rapid rise in prices in Iran over the past 12 months paints a very different picture. People cannot afford even the most basic needs.
Even the heavily controlled state media admit that “the country’s inflation rate has reached 52.2 percent, which means that, compared to August 2021, Iranian families have to spend 52.2 percent more on their basic goods and services,” according to according to state news agency IMNA, 27 August.
The semi-official news agency ISNA reported that inflation reached 54 percent in July, and Khabar Online reported on July 17: “Inflation in June exceeded 52 percent and recorded an unprecedented record in the country’s economy.”
One of Raisi’s more absurd lies at his press conference was about the ongoing severe water shortage crisis in Iran. While people in hundreds of towns and villages across the country have not been running for weeks, Raisi literally claimed the exact opposite.
“Today we are hearing reports about water supply in Ahvaz and solving the water shortage dilemma in Yazd, Isfahan, Hamadan and other areas is on the agenda of this administration,” he said.
The water crisis in Iran has left the country in such dire straits that a mere glance at footage posted by activists on social media easily proves Raisi is lying. Even regime officials and state media are acknowledging this ongoing disaster.
“Water shortage in Khuzestan province has become a problem and a crisis,” said Ghasem Saedi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament).
The Governor of Kerman said that his province is “faced with a serious problem of acute shortage of drinking water and water for irrigation. The deputy head of the water supply and sewerage department of Razavi Khorasan province said that 32 cities and 900 villages in the province are experiencing severe water shortages.
The state-run Emtedad website reports that “conditions in Hamadan are beyond crisis” and “all of Hamadan remains without water for long periods.”
So the question arises, why did Raisi resort to such blatant lies?
The reason is nothing else than the complete failure of the supreme leader of the Iranian regime, Ali Khamenei, who specifically appointed Raisi as president of the mullahs.
Khamenei sought to extract “populist” promises from Raisi in the first days and weeks of his tenure in order to somewhat calm the already restless Iranian society.
However, the critical situation of the country and the complete incompetence of the regime in meeting the basic needs of the population led to the complete failure of Khamenei’s Raisi initiative.
There is also the undeniable reality that more and more people from all walks of life in Iran are chanting “Death to Raisi!” in their daily protests.
It goes without saying that Ebrahim Raisi’s outlandish lies will only add fuel to the fire of the Iranian nation as they continue to suffer from unsustainable inflation, skyrocketing prices, and now severe water shortages, poverty, addiction and unprecedented daily executions.
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The Iranian province of Hamedan has some of the largest natural water resources in the country. However, its population faces severe water shortages.