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The Latest from Iran (21 December): Is the Regime Celebrating Its Longest Night?
2140 GMT: Ahmadinejad Watch. An EA correspondent summarises the President's performance on national TV tonight:
Subsidy cuts have been successful...Inflation is a structural matter, has existed for past 40 to 50 years....Bank debts were increased and fixed without the Government's assent....Problems are because of domestic abuse (Revolutionary Guards, Parliament, Supreme Leader's gang, clerics --- everyone except me).