Rouhani: Iranian government must listen to demands of people

Rouhani: Iranian government must listen to demands of people

Iranians have political, economic and social demands which must be heard, the country's President Hassan Rouhani said.

"People have criticism and objections on the economic issue and they have a right. But the objections aren’t only economic. They also have something to say about political and social issues and foreign relations," Rouhani said at a televised news conference.

"Our ears must be completely open to listen and know what the people want. The government is trying to solve the problems with all its power," Reuters cited the President as saying.

In late December, demonstrations which began over economic hardship spread to more than 80 Iranian cities and towns. At least 25 people died in the ensuing unrest. A judiciary official announced in mid-January that 440 people who had been arrested during the protests had been freed.

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