The government of Iran and the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps fighting for control of the country’s economy after the lifting of Western sanctions. The country is torn apart behind the scenes conflicts that accelerated sharply after the deal with world powers to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, writes The Wall Street Journal.
During the years of sanctions, which is not allowed in Iran, foreign companies, Islamic revolutionary guard Corps has established a network of various companies which came to dominate in different industries — from energy to telecommunications. The nuclear deal opened the door for foreigners in Iran, and a relatively moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani is now trying to move the conservative security forces in some sectors of the economy in the hope that the country will receive the flow of Western money, the newspaper writes.
The top leaders of the country at the same time deny the disorder in the manual. A week ago, Rouhani in his speech, which was published by the state informagentstva IRNA, said there was no conflict between his administration and representatives of other Iranian authorities no. “We don’t have any confrontations with each other in the domestic market,” he said. A similar stance publicly is a commander of the revolutionary guard Abadalla Abdullahi at a press conference. “We didn’t have any particular problem with anyone in the government,” he said.
However, officials from both sides describe the tension around the extensive involvement of revolutionary guards in the business, and its influence on market participants, the WSJ notes. Guardians of the revolution must be restricted to those areas of the business where the private sector is either not interested, or in which it may not work results in the publication the spokesman of the government Rohani Mohammad-Bagher Novacta. “The government believes that the private sector must demonstrate its capabilities. The government should not compete with him,” he said.
According to the Advisor of the commander of Abdullahi, “the government is trying to isolate the revolutionary guard, instead of focusing on economic development.” As the WSJ notes, Abdollahi warned government officials that the true intention of the Western companies entering the Iranian market — it is their own benefit.
According to WSJ, the internal struggle in Iran reflects the much more extensive debates about the future of the country: the moderates headed by Rouhani select the degree of social and political liberalization and seek to establish relations with Europe and the United States. On the other hand, the security forces and their conservative supporters remain distrustful of the West and does not see any need to get closer to him.