0400 GMT February 18, 2019
President Hassan Rouhani said he would attend a session of the Iranian Parliament to reveal some realities to the Iranian people and prevent any differences from emerging among the three branches of government.
Eighty members of the Iranian Parliament tabled a motion in an open session on August 1st to question Rouhani about his administration’s economic policies and its reactions to the country’s ongoing economic crisis.
He made the remarks in a letter to Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, the full text of which was published by president.ir.
In his letter, Rouhani said that, no doubt, questioning the country’s president would be auspicious in the event that at least two preconditions were met: First, that it be within the framework of Iran’s Constitution, and, secondly, that such a move be made at the right time and under favorable circumstances.
Unfortunately, he said, none of these preconditions has been met.
“Nevertheless, to prevent any difference among the three branches of the Iranian government, and out of respect for Iran’s Parliament, I will come to Parliament on the appointed occasion to answer questions. Of course, this can be a good opportunity to reveal some of the realities to the dear people of my country, as they are the true owners of the country and their votes give legitimacy to me and you.”
The main five topics of the questions revolve around the government’s failures in the smuggling of merchandise, the rising unemployment rate, lifting banking sanctions, as promised, pulling the country out of an economic recession that has lingered for several years, controlling the rising foreign exchange rates, and the dramatic devaluation of Iran’s national currency, the rial.