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UPDATE: 8:30 PM CEST
Raisi’s economic team in danger
According to the official Hamshahri Online website, Mohammad Mokhber, the Iranian regime’s vice president, announced today that the presidential executive and economic deputies were removed from the government’s economic commission.
According to the Fars news agency, when the names of Ebrahim Raisi’s economic team were cited, some analysts and economists expressed serious disbelief about the composition due to the very conflicts the members had among themselves. Sources inside the presidential palace had previously confirmed that Raisi’s vice president had serious disagreements with Mohsen Rezaei, his economic deputy, over economic issues.
Given the current severe economic crisis, state media are now expressing doubts whether or not Mohsen Rezaei intends to remain in government as Vice President for Economic Affairs.
Tehran’s appetite for US to concede has grown, official remark says
Claiming that the United States offered many concessions during the nuclear talks in Vienna, an official close to the negotiations says the regime is now waiting for the Americans to give in.
According to the daily Eghtesadnews, an adviser to the Iranian regime’s negotiating team in Vienna, Mohammad Marandi, said: “According to the Americans, Iran was able to obtain important concessions in Vienna. So for this reason, some members of the American delegation resigned and left the team in protest.
“On the other hand, when Mr. Robert Malley went to Congress and reported on the negotiation process, the reactions were negative,” Marandi added. “The members of Congress protested, believing that the American team had conceded too much. In the last days of the negotiations, things were going quickly, but on various files, including the verification of the lifting of sanctions, guarantees, as well as the question of the IRGC, the Americans immediately stopped working.
“The problem comes from the United States. Neither the Europeans, nor the Russians, nor the Chinese, nor Tehran have any problem continuing. But we have to wait and see if Mr. Biden will decide to continue or not,” Marandi concluded.
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Another act of piracy by the Iranian regime
The Iranian regime has reported another piracy in the waters of the Persian Gulf. An IRGC official announced the seizure of a “foreign vessel carrying 200,000 liters of contraband fuel” and the arrest of eight crew members.
Gholamhossein Hosseini, head of public relations for the IRGC’s Second Naval District, told the official Fars news agency today that the ship was seized in the northern Persian Gulf. He did not comment on the ownership of the vessel or the identity of its crew, but said the vessel was heading for the port of Bushehr and handed over to legal authorities.
UPDATE: 10:00 CEST
Iranian regime steps up crackdown on girls in universities
According to multiple reports, authorities at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran have security forces to check female students and ensure they adhere to the regime’s dress codes.
Reports say that at the same time, university security guards harass the girls under different excuses and claim that they are violating hijab wearing and dress code.
Iranian brides, Zahra Zeinalpour and Shiva, murdered by their husbands
News of two cases of femicide hit the media in one day. The two victims were both married girls. Many of these tragic and unfortunate cases are kept out of the public eye. The wives of two children murdered by their husbands have been identified as 21-year-old Zahra Zeinalpour and 16-year-old Shiva. Zahra Zeinalpour was cold-burned to death with gasoline. Born in 2001, Zahra was forced into marriage when she was 14 or 15. She was the mother of a 3 year old child.
Iran’s corrupt and dysfunctional assembly of experts
The idea of an assembly of experts dates back to the Iranian revolution of 1979 when a constituent assembly was needed to draft a new constitution. Debates over the nature of this body eventually led to the formation of a small group of experts rather than a larger assembly of representatives from across the country. The first assembly was dissolved after the constitution was ratified in December 1979. The Assembly of Experts in its present form was established in 1982 under article 108 of the constitution. It officially started its work in 1983. Subsequent elections were held in 1991, 1999 and 2007. The election scheduled for 2015 was delayed for a year until February 2016 based on the 2009 electoral law, which synchronized the legislative elections held every four years with the vote of the assembly. elections held every eight years.
Iran closes Afghan border after skirmishes with Taliban
The main border crossing point between Iran and Afghanistan was closed on Saturday following skirmishes between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces.
According to official sources, the Taliban authorities in the Islam Qala district of Herat province in western Afghanistan were paving a road in the border area with Iran, which was obstructed by Iranian border guards.
Iranian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qommi released a statement, confirming that local authorities in Herat attempted to build a road in the Islam Qala-Dogharoun border area “without prior coordination” with the Iranian side.
Read more: Iran News in Brief – April 23 2022