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Four Iranian Bank Chiefs Fired Over Salaries Scandal

Iran has reportedly dismissed the heads of four banks after the amount of their salaries and benefits surfaced online, sparking criticism, anger, and calls for action by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rohani.

"At the request of the president to investigate the issue of salaries, the heads of Mehr Iran, Mellat, Refah, and Saderat banks have been replaced on the orders of the economy minister for receiving unconventional salaries and loans," the government news agency IRNA reported on June 30, quoting an unnamed "informed source."

Khamenei had said that the issue must be followed up and that the public should be informed of the results.

Earlier this week, Rohani's first vice president, Eshagh Jahangiri, said the violators would be dismissed.

The scandal over the salaries of government officials, including bank heads and insurance executives, has rocked the Islamic republic, where many are still waiting to see the benefits of the nuclear deal reached last year with world powers under which Tehran has limited its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Based on reporting by IRNA and AFP