Friday, June 22, 2007

More Iranian gas pains

Stockpiling, fights and fires break out in advance of the decision.

Iran will decide next week on when to start rationing subsidised gasoline, Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said on Thursday, two days after a lawmaker said the controversial scheme would be delayed until late July.

The minister's comments came after reports over the past week of Iranians stocking up on gasoline and fights breaking out among some queuing motorists amid uncertainty over when the plan would take effect.

Rationing for government employees took effect last month.