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Iran – Forecast 2020

Iran – Forecast 2020

The IRGC and political protests 2019 was a very challenging year for Iran: Economic hardship and stagflation, massive domestic protests and violent repression of them, external sanctions, and political pressure have left a heavy footprint as the country moves into...

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Morocco – 2020 Forecast

Morocco – 2020 Forecast

Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani is going to have a difficult year in 2020 and the government will come under increasing strain. His position has been significantly weakened by the recent government reshuffle which resulted in a reduction in the number of Parti de la...

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February’s Majles election

February’s Majles election

The first important political event in 2020 will occur on 21 February with the Majles election. So far, the most notable declared candidate for the Iranian parliament is former Tehran mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Baquer Qalibaf. In the absence of...

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Major new fees face IOCs in Nigeria

Major new fees face IOCs in Nigeria

Oil companies have become the target of the government’s efforts to boost the country’s badly needed revenues. A new review of drilling and production regulations is set to place additional financial burden on those operating in the country.  New Total-operated...

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The logic behind Iran’s fuel prices rises

The logic behind Iran’s fuel prices rises

Major protests and social unrest erupted in Iran on 16 November on the day after the government announced a sudden hike in fuel prices, which are heavily subsidised. The price of petrol used to be IRR10,000 (US$0.09) per litre. On 15 November, the government announced...

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