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Iran parliament rejects generalities of budget bill

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The Iranian parliament has rejected general outlines of the national budget bill for the next Iranian fiscal year, which will start March 20.

The bill was rejected during the open session of the parliament on Jan. 28, with 120 votes against, Iran’s state-run IRINN TV reported.

Meanwhile 83 MPs voted in favor of the bill and 9 abstentions.

The bill will be returned to a joint parliamentary commission for revises. The joint commission is a legislative body responsible for reviewing budget bills as well as five-year development plans proposed by the government.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that the joint commission must implement the proposed amendments within the next three days.

President Hassan Rouhani submitted the new budget bill to the parliament on Dec. 10, 2017. Members of the special commissions of the parliament put forward their proposals and amendments to the bill to the joint commission before it spent 25 days to weigh the details of the bill and present its draft version to the parliament Presiding Board on Jan. 20.

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