Iran News Round Up October 24, 2012

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh and Ahmad Majidyar. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

(E) = Article in English   

Politics

  • A parliamentary majority forces Ahmadinejad to come to parliament for a questioning session. 
  • Baztab-e Emrouz comments on Ahmadinejad's request to inspect the Evin Prison: "Mr. Ahmadinejad, don't hurry, God willing, you will soon see Evin!"
  • Rafsanjani warns "those who want to use the popular vote for cosmetic purposes." 
  • Mohammad-Jafar Behdad, the Presidency's Political Bureau director, slams statements made by Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Saidi, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's Representative to the Revolutionary Guards:
    • "When someone who is wearing the clerical robe humiliates and weakens the people and republicanism in the name of defending religion, he not only does not aid religion and the regime of the guardianship, but also commits a grave mistake by claiming that there is a conflict between the people and the regime... Thanks God 95% of the people don't use time to read such statements and analysis and those who read it are not influenced by it."
  • A court has rejected a request for bailing Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani out of prison. 

Diplomacy

Military and Security

Economy

Trade

  • Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi addresses the press in Dubai:
    • "If the sanctions get tighter, we will stop our oil export... We have a plan for the non-oil revenue era. Until now, we have had no serious problems, but if the sanctions are tightened, we will execute those plans... Iran's current oil production is four million barrels per day... We are no longer importing gasoline, we have become gasoline exporters." 

Media

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