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(RFE/RL) August 12, 2007 -- Iran's state news agency IRNA reported today that four "ultra-hard-liners" have been appointed to a panel monitoring the country's parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.


IRNA reported the Guardians Council appointed Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati and three other conservatives.


Some fear the appointments herald a repeat of the 2004 parliamentary elections when there was a mass disqualification of reformist candidates.


(AP)

The Iranian Economy

Buses being produced at a factory in Tehran (Fars)

IN NEED OF DIVERSIFICATION. Populist Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is having trouble fulfilling his promises to put the country's petrodollars on the plates of average citizens. Inflation and unemployment remain high and the economy is dominated by the energy sector.


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