Discusses Economic Difficulties Facing Iran
Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani pledged to cooperate closely with parliament and to limit infighting between the legislative and executive branches, as was the case with the outgoing administration.
“The future government will not think of confrontation with parliament, nor will it think of, God forbid, fooling parliament with inaccurate statistics,” Rouhani told deputies in a speech late on Sunday. “Certainly solving the country's problems will not be possible without cooperation between parliament and the executive branch.” (Mehr News Agency, 15 July)
“The country faces very difficult conditions, and some of these complexities are the result of domestic performance and some are the result of unjust foreign pressures,” Rouhani told the lawmakers.
“This is the first time that the country faces very high inflation - the highest in the region and perhaps in the world - coupled with negative economic growth,” Rouhani added.
Rouhani also faulted Ahmadinejad’s handling of economy, accusing him of misinforming the Majlis and the public of the country’s economic realities. Rouhani said despite Ahmadinejad’s claims of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, only an average of 14,000 were created annually over the 2006 to 2012 period.
File photo: Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani (Reuters)