With the Iranian presidential elections looming on the political horizon in June, the state of the country’s economy is emerging as the most important topic among aspiring candidates for the top executive job. The economy is also the dominant issue being discussed by the media and at universities.

The official inflation rate in the year ending with the Iranian month of Farvardin on 20 April fell slightly to 29.8% from 31.5% in the year ending the previous Iranian month, the Statistics Center of Iran reported on 5 May. This is the first dip in the official rate for several months now. (CONTINUED - 675 WORDS)