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The story: President Hassan Rouhani has offered a rare public apology for the rolling blackouts which are hitting urban centers across Iran. Officials blame the up to 8-hour long outages on the ongoing drought, heatwave, and illegal Bitcoin mining farms. Amid the crisis, hardliners are portraying moderate Rouhani as incompetent while Reformists say the blackouts are a failure of the political establishment as a whole.
The coverage: In a government meeting aired by the state broadcaster on July 6, the president expressed his “apologies to the dear people who have faced these problems and pain"...
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