IRAN

 

Budget Ratification Boosts Rohani’s Prospects   

 

Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s first budget was approved in parliament on 9 February with a very comfortable majority (166 votes for, 25 against). This signals strong backing from Iran’s top leadership including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for Mr Rohani’s efforts to reach a solution on international nuclear negotiations, opening the way for improved economic conditions...