Iran's parliament to question Rouhani over economic issues

Iran's parliament to question Rouhani over economic issues

Iranian lawmakers have given President Hassan Rouhani one month to appear before parliament to answer questions on his government’s handling of Iran’s economic struggles.

Lawmakers want to question Rouhani on topics including the rial’s decline, which has lost more than half its value since April, weak economic growth and rising unemployment, ISNA reported.

Lawmakers reportedly also want to Rouhani to explain why, more than two years after the landmark deal, Iranian banks still have only limited access to global financial services.

Iran's Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani was quoted by state television as saying that Rouhani will have one month to attend a parliamentary session and address the issues, Reuters reported.

Although 80 lawmakers submitted their questions for Rouhani.

"Some lawmakers, who were convinced to take back their questions, were encouraged by other members of parliament to submit the questions again,” Tasnim cited vice president for parliamentary affairs Hosseinali Amiri as saying.

It is the first time parliament has summoned Rouhani, who is under pressure from hardline rivals to change his cabinet following a deterioration in relations with the United States and Iran’s growing economic difficulties.

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