Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A second from the Supreme Leader?

After the Iranian president's remarks, the Supreme Leader might be seconding those sentiments.

Iran’s leader blames U.S. for unrest but says public demands ‘must be answered’
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that people have genuine grievances that should be addressed by the government…

His remarks — which come as demonstrations have dwindled — constituted a rare admission from the hard-line cleric, who wields ultimate authority in Iran…

Khamenei… accused the United States and Israel of a “carefully organized” plot to overthrow Iran’s government. He said “the enemy” had started chants against high prices, attracting Iranian demonstrators…

The remarks were standard fare for Khamenei, who has presided over Iran’s powerful clerical and security establishments for 29 years…

Still, Khamenei acknowledged that hardships have led to discontent in Iran. He pointed to what he called “problematic financial institutions” as having left many Iranians “dissatisfied” with the economic situation.

A handful of illicit credit institutions have collapsed across Iran in recent years, wiping out deposits from ordinary Iranians. Many aggrieved depositors have staged protests outside banks and government offices, demanding to be reimbursed…

His remarks appeared to align with those made by President Hassan Rouhani on Monday. Rouhani urged the government and his hard-line rivals to recognize the demonstrators’ demands…

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