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The Future of Subsidy Reforms After Iran’s Presidential Election

The next president of Iran is likely to continue the subsidy reforms of the Ahmadinejad government, but with changes in pace and handout distribution, writes Bijan Khajehpour.
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.
A shopkeeper counts Iranian bank notes at his shop in a bazar in Tehran February 25, 2012. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) - RTR2YFBH
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Iran’s subsidy reforms have been among the most significant, but also most controversial socioeconomic initiatives in recent years. Now that Iran is preparing for the post-Ahmadinejad era, it is appropriate to examine how the planned continuation of this program will be affected by the emergence of a new administration in the second half of 2013.

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