The Iranian regime’s Parliament Speaker, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf has confirmed that the regime is in a deadlock in regards to decision making and they have no answers to resolve the ever-increasing demands of the restive Iranian society.
In an interview with the ISNA News Agency, Ghalibaf said, “There is no trace of management and decision-making in the country. When we hold meetings, we face such a number of issues that no one knows what the solution is.”
Ghalibaf acknowledged that the regime has more than enough money to address the demands of the Iranian people, but they would rather spend $160 billion a year to exploit fossil fuel energy, of which at least half is consistently wasted. While the majority of Iran is facing extreme poverty due to widespread inequality and injustice, regime officials and their families are profiting highly from the country’s oil revenues.
He said, “Unfortunately, wherever we go in the country, we have imbalances…We have $110 billion in revenue but face double-digit inflation. We have $20 billion in revenue yet we see budget deficits and inflation.”
Ghalibaf also criticized the regime’s method of using the least amount of data to base their biggest decisions on, claiming that it further adds to the crises faced by Iran each day.
The NCRI said, “Ghalibaf speaks of corruption, while he is one of the most corrupted officials in the regime. While serving as the regime’s mayor in Tehran, he embezzled billions of dollars. His corruption was even reported in the state-run media.”
In May 2017, the state-run media outlet, Sharq daily discussed parts of Ghalibaf’s corruption. They explained that in a speech from the head of the Central Bank, Valiollah Seif, the Tehran municipality’s 60 trillion rial debt to the banking network was mentioned, as was the ‘astronomical property scandal’.
They said, “A gift of 3.5 trillion rials to the deputy mayor is equal to 31 years’ worth of salary of the workers.”
At the time, Ghalibaf was serving as the Mayor of Tehran. In each case of corruption, while co-conspirators and accomplices faced arrests and jail terms, Ghalibaf was excluded from any investigation.
The regime’s institutionalized corruption, which has caused poverty and other economic crises, has reached a point where regime officials are forced to acknowledge some aspects of the reality.
Mohsen Dehnavai, a member of the regime’s parliament questioned why there are so many educated unemployed youths in Iran. He said, “Where in the world is like this? There is enough capital, there are unemployed but expert youths, and the country needs them. But some individuals become rich by having connections and obtaining permissions.”
While the regime’s institutionalized corruption has created poverty and unemployed, it has also increased the Iranian people’s hatred toward the regime.
Ebtekar daily warned regime officials earlier this week that there will be ‘serious and fundamental concerns’ for the regime if the Iranian people continue to become restless due to the current crises.