Thousands of people rally in support of Iranian anti-government protests in Los Angeles, California U.S. January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Monica Almeida
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President Hassan Rouhani went all-in Monday with a push for greater civil liberties in the wake of the deadly unrest that rocked Iran in recent days.Rouhani was quick to say the unrest called for urgent efforts to improve the government's transparency and liberalize its conservative-skewed media.To Rouhani's chagrin, the budget he announced in December has become the first victim of the protests, with parliamentarians already ruling out the unpopular hike in fuel and utility prices.Rouhani vowed to mend Iran's battered economy during his campaign, and said the 2015 nuclear deal he secured from world powers had already relieved the country of crippling sanctions and allowed growth to return.But with much of the resulting growth coming from oil sales -- which produces few jobs -- and renewed uncertainty about Iran's international position since the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump, his wider policies look imperiled.
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