Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Will there be a political price for this tragedy?

The Iranian president has ordered a government investigation. Does he suspect there might be a political aspect to this fire?

Tehran fire: Many feared dead as high-rise collapses
About 25 firefighters are missing and feared dead after a high-rise building in Iran's capital, Tehran, caught fire and collapsed, officials say.

Two hundred had battled the blaze in the landmark 17-storey Plasco building for several hours before it fell to the ground in a matter of seconds…

Completed in 1962, the building was once Tehran's tallest and contained a shopping centre and clothing workshops…

President Hassan Rouhani ordered Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli to investigate the incident, calling it "extremely sad and unfortunate".

The Plasco building was built by the prominent Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian and was named after his company. He was executed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution after being convicted of charges including spying for Israel.

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