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Iran High Prices Mostly Result of Subsidies Reforms, Donya Says

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- Rising prices in Iran are mostly due to the “incorrect implementation” of a program to reform subsidies on energy and food, Donya-e-Eqtesad reported, citing Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani.

High prices and unemployment are the country’s main issues and they can be solved by focusing on local production, Larijani said during a meeting with a cleric in the city of Qom, according to the Tehran-based newspaper.

Precise planning is needed to address the problems, Larijani said, without providing details.

Iran’s government started in December 2010 a five-year program to gradually remove food and energy subsidies.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Tehran at lnasseri@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.

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