The Iranian rial hit a new record against the green currency on Monday, and the dollar price ranged between 290,000 and 291.5 thousand riyals, an increase of 6% over its price last week.
A state of fear prevails among dealers in Tehran as the US elections approach, with expectations that the dollar will be recorded at 500,000 riyals if President Donald Trump is re-elected for a second term.
And 8 currency dealers in Tehran expressed a state of anxiety among dealers about any chaos occurring before the US presidential elections scheduled for November 3, which could have major consequences for Tehran’s economy.
According to merchants who work on Firdaws Street in Tehran, one of the centers of currency trade in Iran, “We cannot sell oil and there are no dollars to pump into the market, and if Trump is re-elected, things will get worse.” They expected the price of the dollar to reach 500 thousand riyals, according to Bloomberg News. .
In August 2018, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran unilaterally and to restore US sanctions on Iran.
Since then, the Iranian currency has lost about 65% of its value against the dollar, in light of the decline in revenues from crude oil exports, on which Iran relies for most foreign currencies.
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in 2020, the suffering of the Iranian economy and currency increased, and inflation and unemployment rates increased.
The data indicates that the Iranian riyal has fallen by more than 140% against the dollar since the beginning of this year, which means that 2020 is the year of collapses for Iran’s currency.
In January 2020, the Iranian currency recorded 133 thousand riyals against one dollar, then 136 thousand riyals in February, then 156 thousand riyals in March, and in April 2020 one US dollar recorded 166 thousand riyals, then 170 thousand Real in May, then 177,000 riyals in June.
Since the beginning of July 2020, the deterioration of the Iranian riyal has been exacerbating, with the dollar recording 205 thousand riyals, then it jumped to 234 thousand riyals in August, then 291.5 thousand riyals on September 28.
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