Ahmadinejad suggests Iran referendum on subsidy cuts

Parliament this month passed a state budget for the next Iranian year starting March 21 that did not contain radical cuts in subsidies sought by Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad suggests Iran referendum on subsidy cuts

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested holding a referendum to approve subsidy cuts that the Islamic Republic's parliament has repeatedly blocked, a news agency said on Saturday.

Parliament this month passed a state budget for the next Iranian year starting March 21 that did not contain radical cuts in subsidies sought by Ahmadinejad.

"The solution is to ask people if they want this law to be implemented or not and to hold a referendum on this issue," Ahmadinejad said in an interview on state television on Friday evening and carried on state news agency IRNA.

"We should not require the government to do something that hurts people. The government would not do anything that hurts the people ... Scaring people over implementing a subsidy bill that is a necessary reform is treacherous."

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Mart 2010, 10:27

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