New rules to curb economic disruption may be applied on Sat.

TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) – Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that new norms and criteria for fighting economic disruption may be announced and applied next Saturday.

He made the remarks on Wednesday in the Parliament and in response to one of MPs who had called for taking more serious steps for curbing corruption.

Larijani went on to say that Parliament members have sent a letter to President Rouhani, requesting for a change in the administration’s economic team.

The letter had been received by the president and is being followed up, he said, adding that in current circumstances, a strong economic team should manage the issues.

As US sanctions loom, Iran’s currency, rial, is experiencing its lowest value in history. The administration introduced a fixed exchange rate in April to control the market. However, this measure encouraged some traders to profiteer by charging higher black market prices for goods they imported with dollars bought at the lower official rate. And there are some traders who have stocked their imported products to sell them with a higher price in future. Officials have repeatedly warned that they will seriously fight these disrupting moves.

On Sunday, Iran’s Judiciary spokesman said that twenty-nine people have been arrested on charges of ‘economic disruption’ and will be soon put on trial. Also, Tehran Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said Tuesday that 35 people have so far been arrested in connection with seven big corruption cases regarding gold coins, currency and automobiles.

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