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Iran’s Raeisi reshuffles economic team

From right to left, Mohammad Aghamiri, Davoud Manzour and Mohammad Sadegh Khayatian were introduced as new members of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi’s economic team on April 11, 2023. (Combo photo by Tasnim news agency)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has ordered a government economic reshuffle amid his efforts to contain rising inflation in the country.

Raeisi on Tuesday appointed his tax chief Davoud Manzour as new head of the Plan and Budget Organization (PBO), the Iranian government body responsible for salary payments and infrastructure development plans.

Manzour would replace Masoud Mirkazemi, a career politician who had served in top jobs, including as head of Oil Ministry, in previous Iranian governments.

Javad Sadatinejad was dismissed as minister of agriculture with a government spokesman citing the need to adapt to continued impacts of the Ukraine war on global food market as a reason for change in the ministry.

Sadatinejad, a former parliament lawmaker, was replaced with his deputy and head of Iran Veterinary Organization Mohammad Aghamiri. The new appointee will serve in an acting capacity until the Iranian parliament holds a vote of confidence for a new agriculture minister.

Mohammad Sadegh Khayatian, who has served as head of Iran’s Center for Strategic Studies for nearly two years, took over as the new head of the government-controlled Innovation and Prosperity Fund.

The government said in a statement that the changes were in line with its policy of making better use of the potentials of top managers in Iran.

The changes come several weeks after Raeisi declared in a message at the turn of the new calendar year in late March that he was determined to tackle inflation in the country.

That comes as annual consumer prices index in Iran rose to 47.7% in February.

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