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Ahmadinejad’s Budget Is About Iran’s Elections

Iranian President Ahmadinejad has proposed a budget that empowers the president’s office and shows that he is still up for a political battle in his final months in office, writes Mohammad Ali Shabani.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks during a news conference at the end of his visit to Cairo, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3DGPT

With some two weeks left until the Persian New Year, details of the Iranian government’s proposed budget bill for the calendar year starting March 21 are being leaked.

Mashregh News, linked to Assembly of Experts chairman Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani, says the government wants to boost its finances while slashing the budgets of competing power centers.

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