Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's grasp on popularity continues to slip, as the judiciary officials reject the Iranian president's request to visit the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. With eight months to go until the next presidential election and Ahmadinejad's inevitable exit from office, they just aren't sure it's the right time. "As we are faced with special circumstances and the country's priorities are the economy and people's living conditions, all authorities should focus on solving key issues ... visiting a prison is extraneous," chief prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie told the AFP. "More than seven years of his presidency have passed, and no request was made during that time." Mohseni Ejeie added that there was "a political dimension" to Ahmadinejad's trip -- evidently a prison he wanted to see -- and that "it is not appropriate."
Indeed, Iran is dealing with some serious economic issues. A couple of weeks ago, the sanctions imposed on the country for continuing to run its nuclear program seemed to kick in, and Iran's currency lost about 40 percent of its value in a matter of days. Since then, as the country's been struggling to keep currency changers from price gouging on exchange rates, Europe introduced another round of sanctions that cut off financial services and made it difficult for other business to operate there.