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7/22/07

Iran's Interior Minister asks parliament for 2-3 months to resolve petrol rationing problems

TEHRAN, July 22 (Mehr News Agency) -- On Sunday, Interior Minister Mostafa Purmohammadi asked the parliament to give two to three months to the administration to resolve the problems arising from petrol rationing.

"What has now happened in the case of rationing has the greatest possibility of success," Purmohammadi told the Majlis.

Government Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said on Sunday that government doesn't plan to sell petrol at two prices. He said the MPs have also supported this policy.

Currently subsidized petrol is sold at 1000 rials (about 10 cents) per liter. Some MPs have called on the government to sell oil at a real price outside the rationing system.

Double prices for petrol are harmful to the society, Elham told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

Mohammad Khoshchehreh of the Majlis Economic Committee told reporters that a group of MPs are preparing a plan that allows the Tehran Municipality to import petrol if the public transportation system in the capital requires this measure.

If the experiment is successful in Tehran, other major cities will implement it as well, he added.

MP Hassan Moradi of the Majlis Energy Committee told reporters that all dilapidated cars will be removed from the streets by 2011.

Banning jalopies from the country's transportation system will help reduce fuel consumption, he explained.

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