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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s top economic adviser resigns

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Masoud Nili, economic adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has resigned and is no longer attending meeting at the Money and Credit Council where Ali Tayebnia is attending in his place, according to ISNA news agency.

The Higher Institute for Education and Planning announced that Rouhani accepted Nili’s resignation.

In recent weeks, there has been conflicts between Nili and Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, Hassan Rouhani's advisor for Supervision and Strategic Affairs, and Nili’s resignation may indicate the growing influence of Nobakht in the government.

His resignation comes in the midst of a difficult economic and political situation for Iran, as the United States began to implement its second round of sanctions on Tehran with the aim of reducing Iranian oil exports to zero.

The sanctions will lead to the decline of the country’s imports and its foreign currency, and give rise to protests and strikes.