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      Ahmadinejad Struggles Against Parliament

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struggles to maintain executive authority as Iranian economy begins to slide because of sanctions
      First Publish: 10/9/2012, 1:59 PM

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently issued a circular to a number of executive offices bidding them to not cooperate with parliamentarians. The Fars News Agency has published a scanned copy of the confidential papers. Ahmadinejad would like to protect his autonomy from parliamentarians on executive matters.

      Ahmadinejad has been quoted calling the Fars News Agency “a media outlet beholden to the security organs” and questioning its loyalty to the country’s regime. Fars prides itself for being an independent news voice in the Islamic Republic.

      Mehr News, a news service owned by the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO) recently carried excerpts from an interview in Arman newspaper with former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – a presidential hopeful in Iran. One time-president Rafsanjani said during the interview that “Israel cannot attack Iran on its own. If it attacks (Iran), it must be sure that the United States will join it, either at the beginning (of the war) or during (the war). Therefore, it needs the United States’ permission”.

      In other news, Reuters reports that Iran’s state budget is under duress and the government has been forced to cut spending in some sectors, as a result of Western imposed economic sanctions.

      Ahmadinejad said in a speech on Tuesday, “Right now in terms of the budget we are under pressure…In many places the budget has become zero or has been cut by 25 percent…”