Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday offered to parliament what he referred to as a “finances of resistance” towards crippling sanctions imposed by arch-enemy the USA.
“Subsequent yr, much like the present yr, our finances is a finances of resistance and perseverance towards sanctions,” Rouhani advised parliament in remarks broadcast on state radio.
“This finances proclaims to the world that regardless of sanctions we are going to handle the nation, particularly when it comes to oil,” he added.
The finances for the monetary yr beginning late March 2020 comes after gas worth hikes that have been imposed in mid-November triggered lethal demonstrations throughout the Islamic republic.
In his speech, Rouhani introduced a 15 % enhance for public sector wages in a rustic whose economic system has been battered by US sanctions.
US President Donald Trump started imposing punitive measures in Could 2018, after unilaterally withdrawing from an accord that gave Iran reduction from sanctions in return for limits on its nuclear programme.
The Worldwide Financial Fund has forecast that Iran’s economic system will contract by 9.5 % this yr.