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Opposition predicts ‘dark future’

TEHRAN | Iran’s opposition leaders said Wednesday that a “dark future” awaits the economy because the government didn’t listen to economists when it slashed energy and food subsidies in a country already struggling under biting U.N. sanctions.

Former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi support the government’s effort to rein in subsidies but said in a rare statement posted on their websites that it is being implemented badly.

The opposition leaders, who believe President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole the June 2009 election through massive vote fraud, said the way the government is slashing subsidies only brings more hardship to the country.

Fuel prices have at least quadrupled, and bread prices have more than doubled in the past week since the government started dramatically reducing subsidies.