Qalibaf blames Iran’s ‘outmoded’ administrative system for corruption

Iranian presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has partly blamed the financial and administrative corruption in the country on its outdated administrative system.

“Part of the financial and administrative corruption is blamed on this outmoded and dilapidated administrative system,” Qalibaf said in a stump speech in the central Iranian province of Yazd.

“We inherited this system several decades ago, before the revolution, and we have never overhauled it,” said Qalibaf, who is also Tehran’s Mayor.

The presidential candidate vowed to update the country’s administrative and executive system.

Having a plan is a sine qua non, but not adequate per se, for running the country, he said, adding that candidates should have a good performance record as it guarantees the implementation of their plans.

“A plan should come with a guarantee, and the guarantee is the individual’s [good performance] record. This is important,” he stated.

The Tehran mayor is facing seven rivals in the upcoming election. Former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, President of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi are also running for president.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

By Press TV


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