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Tehran denies rumors of Rouhani’s resignation

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Iranian government has denied rumors that have appeared in the country about the resignation of President of the Islamic Republic Hassan Rouhani.

“Rouhani will remain with our country until the end of his presidential term,” an official representative of the Iranian government and assistant to Rouhani, Ali Rabii, told reporters.

He emphasized that he “refutes” in advance any similar messages that may appear in the future.

In December 2019, Tasnim News reported that Rabi denied rumors that Rouhani was considering resigning as president.

Online newspaper Al-Monitor wrote on Thursday that the rumors about the resignation of Rouhani began to circulate in Iran this week. Publications supporting the president claim that a former conservative deputy close to the Islamic Conference Guardian Corps Alireza Zakani is behind these reports. According to the publication, Zakani said last week at a meeting with conservative politicians that if the government fails to start negotiations with US President Donald Trump, the Iranian president will resign.

Talk about the resignation of Rukhani was conducted in the country earlier. So, in the wake of mass protests in November last year due to rising fuel prices, one of the reformer politicians, Abbas Abdi, invited the president to resign and organize early presidential elections in order to restore stability in the country. A month later, rumors spread that Rouhani could leave his post if parliament did not accept the proposed draft budget for the next fiscal year, starting in March, Al-Monitor writes.

Rouhani is known as a reformer politician who provokes dissatisfaction among conservative Iranian politicians.

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