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Iranian Official Says Government Needs ‘Fundamental Transformation’

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In a critique of Iran’s current governmental structure, the Secretary of the Supreme Council for Economic Coordination of the Heads of Branches, declared that the government needs ‘fundamental transformation’ to heal the broken economy.

Mohsen Rezaei said: “The structure of the government or the state institution needs to undergo a fundamental transformation.”

His remarks come during a tumultuous economic and political period in Iran, marked by the sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, prompting a snap presidential election set to take place this month. Under Raisi’s leadership, Iran’s economy saw inflation reach unprecedented levels and economic stability deteriorated to the worst levels since the founding of the Islamic Republic.

The Islamic Republic has also undergone its biggest ever challenges amidst the social revolution underway since 2022 after the death in morality police custody of Mahsa Amini, as masses rise up against the theocratic regime amidst widespread social oppression.

Rezaei, 70, an Iranian politician and military figure, has held numerous positions, including serving as the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from 1981 to 1997. Despite his longstanding presence in the political landscape and his conservative stance advocating for economic and structural reforms, Rezaei has frequently faced criticism for the lack of tangible economic improvements during his tenure.

Rezaei is wanted by Argentinian special prosecutors for his alleged involvement in the planning of the July 18, 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), an attack that resulted in the deaths of 85 people and injured 300 others.