Iran's minister of labour sacked by parliament
Iran’s Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Ali Rabiei, was sacked by parliament on Wednesday, state media reported, the latest shuffle in top economic posts as the Islamic Republic struggles to stabilize its economy.
The Iranian economy is beset by high unemployment, a spiraling rial, which has lost half its value since April, and the reimposition of sanctions by the United States.
In late July, President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet appointed a new governor for the central bank, a move is seen as a concession to hardline critics who blame the government for economic problems.
Sporadic protests, led by truck drivers, farmers, and merchants in Tehran’s bazaar, have continued regularly since then and have occasionally resulted in violent confrontations with security forces.
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