Iranian government spokesman resigns amid Rouhani's controversy
Rouhani appointed a new central bank governor last week to tackle the rial currency's plunge in value under heightened U.S. pressure.
Iran's government spokesman resigned on Tuesday, he said in a tweet, as President Hassan Rouhani comes under pressure from hardline rivals to change his cabinet following a deterioration in relations with the United States.
Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said Rouhani had accepted his resignation and that he would focus on his duties as head of Iran's Management and Planning Organization.
Rouhani, a pragmatist who reduced tensions with the West by striking a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is now facing a backlash from hardliners over Washington’s pullout from the pact in May. U.S. President Donald Trump has also said he will reimpose tough sanctions that seek to throttle Iran’s economy, including its lifeblood oil exports.
Rouhani appointed a new central bank governor last week to tackle the rail currency's plunge in value under heightened U.S. pressure.
The new appointment suggests Rouhani, who has mostly touted the moderate economic successes of his tenure since global sanctions were lifted under the nuclear deal, is conceding a need for change to defuse criticism.
The rial plumbed new depths on Monday, dropping past 120,000 per U.S. dollar, but Trump's expressed willingness to negotiate with Tehran sparked a minor recovery on Tuesday, to 110,000 rials on the unofficial market.
Videos on social media showed hundreds of people rallying in Isfahan in central Iran, and Karaj near Tehran, in protest at high prices caused in part by the weak rial.
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