Presidential hopeful criticizes economic situation, urges reform

Presidential hopeful Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf is highly critical of Iran’s current economic situation, saying problems are affecting both the wealthy and the poor.

The Tehran Mayor on Saturday criticized the needless politicizing of Iran’s economy, saying it is in a state of uncertainty and in need of reform.

He further pledged to restore economic stability within two years should he win the presidential race.

Qalibaf is a member of the principlist Coalition of Three, along with former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, who currently advises Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, and Iranian lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel.

The coalition is to pick one of its members with the highest approval rating as the nominee to succeed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran’s 11th presidential election will be held on June 14. Presidential hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and candidates must be vetted for qualifications by the Guardian Council.

By Press TV


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