As protests escalate and dissatisfaction spreads, some domestic political figures and the Iranian media are warning of more serious crises and the need to return to Borjam.
Ali Motahari, a former representative of Tehran in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, wrote a letter to Ebrahim Ra’isi published in the Etemad newspaper, requesting his return to Borjam.
In the letter, he called the claim that the country’s economy was not tied to Borjam “unrealistic and a slogan” and said that “whether we like it or not, the country’s economy is tied to Borjam and the lifting of sanctions.”
In recent weeks, images and reports have surfaced of the government’s intention to increase the price of gasoline and energy carriers; An issue that is denied by government officials.
“If you really want to make gasoline more expensive, do not deny it,” the newspaper Al-Inta’a wrote in a note to the government of Ibrahim Ra’isi.
Referring to the “numerous volumes of public observations in this regard,” the daily Al-Inta’a advised the government of the Islamic Republic that if it was thinking of raising fuel prices, “there is no denying it, as this would increase distrust.”
For many Iranians, the issue of the sudden rise in gasoline prices is reminiscent of the events of November 1998, in which, according to some sources, more than 1,500 protesting citizens were killed by security forces.
Regarding the economic outlook of Ebrahim Raisi’s government, Hamshahri newspaper, referring to the forecast of 8% growth of Iran’s economy in this year’s budget, has mentioned the impact of political developments “including the war in Ukraine and the fate of negotiations” on this process.
In its World Economic Outlook report, the International Monetary Fund estimates Iran’s economic growth at 3 percent this year.
Earlier this week, 61 economics professors signed a letter warning of rising government economic surgery costs, rising prices for essential items and a record dollar exchange rate in Iran.
These economists also considered the root of Iran’s economic problems as non-economic factors and emphasized that the country’s economic reforms depend on political openings and opening up the governance space.