Next president must create jobs for university graduates: Rohani

Presidential candidate Hassan Rohani says the next administration should create jobs for hundreds of thousands of university graduates.

In an address to his supporters at a stadium in the Iranian capital city, Tehran, Rohani said some 867,000 university graduates are out of job in the country.

“Why can’t we create jobs for our youth? Why are so many people unemployed in a country rich in material and spiritual resources?” he asked.

Rohani also took to task Iranian officials for their failure to predict the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program.

“It is quite right that these sanctions are cruel, that the United Nations Security Council is cruel. But didn’t we know that this cruel council is influential on Iran and the entire world?”

“Were we unaware of the existence of this cruel council? Why didn’t we have any plan?” asked the former chief nuclear negotiator.

Rohani, who is currently president of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, said people want to see “change, foresight and hope.”

Rohani is competing against seven rivals, namely Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. This year’s election will be held on June 14.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

By Press TV


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