Amid the welter of confusing signals from Teheran, comes a report on national television that the president, Hassan Rouhani, has decided to reopen the national symphony orchestra which was shut down late in 2012.
‘I am so sorry to see the Iranian National Orchestra shut down,’ Rouhani said, adding that ‘the administration will seriously pursue its revival, even if it results in another yellow card to the Culture Minister, Ali Jannati from the parliament.’
A “yellow card” is a term used in Iranian media, when a minister is questioned in the parliament and the MPs are unsatisfied with his answers. Rouhani went on to say that he is unconcerned by yellow cards. ‘We are proud of men like Jannati who defend freedom,’ he said.