Ahmad Tavakoli

Iranian MP Ahmad Tavakoli has written to parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani to warn against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “illegal decision regarding currency exchange.”

The Mehr News Agency reports that the member of Parliament’s Money and Credit Committee has raised concerns around a decision by the Central Bank and president Ahmadinejad to reduce the government deficit by 74 billion rials accounted for by the difference between the government’s rate of currency exchange and the actual market rate of currency exchange.

The Central Bank provides foreign currencies at a significantly lower rate than the actual market rate of exchange. This lower exchange rate is only provided for designated and approved transactions.

Tavakoli adds that the Central Bank is also issuing tens of thousands of rials in illegal loans and credit lines to government and public corporations and banks.

Tavakoli insists that these actions are “cause for legal action” against the administration and he urges the head of Parliament to take every action to stop the Central Bank.