Ahmadinejad to focus subsidies on Iran's poor

"Mr Ahmadinejad is not able to continue the current situation. He has to do something because the fourth year of Mr Ahmadinejad's presidential term is starting and actually he did nothing for the economy," said Saeed Laylaz, a business consultant and frequent critic of the president's policies. He said he welcomed the reforms Ahmadinejad announced.Ahmadinejad has not said if he will run again but is widely expected to. Analysts say much will depend on keeping the support of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's top authority who has gently urged the government to deal with economic problems while still voicing backing for the president.

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