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Ninety-five percent of the Iranian population signed up to a cash handout program, dealing a blow to the government which wanted to spend the money elsewhere, a top official said Wednesday.However, Nobakht said that only 2.4 million people – 3 percent – chose to waive the cash payments, which aim to provide help in paying energy and utility bills as well as basic food costs.Tackling inflation is a priority for the Tehran government and the annual rate has fallen from 35 percent when President Hassan Rouhani took office in August, to 32 percent last month.
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