Sunday, April 24, 2005

Tavakkoli on the Attack Slinging Mud in the Majlis

Iran Daily: "Past Administrations Criticized

TEHRAN, April 24--Tehran MP Ahmad Tavakkoli on Sunday criticized the administrations of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami.
According to IRNA, Tavakkoli, an MP and presidential candidate said on the Majlis floor, "During the eight years of reconstruction era, the government focused on the economic sector while in the past eight years the government concentrated on politics. To sum it up, in the past 16 years, the government has pursued unilateral policies. This is while the government is responsible for economic efficiency, social justice, political freedom, promulgating religiosity and ethical values, and maintaining security and independence of the country."
The MP further said, "The Seventh Majlis, the majority of whose members are rightists, has understood two realities. One being that it is possible for the government to serve the public interests and secondly that the Majlis should refrain from creating unnecessary tension in the last year of President Khatami's tenure."
He noted that Majlis ratifications on stabilization of prices of goods and services as well as the banking profit rate have been in line with the concept of seeking justice.
The MP also said poverty is the root-cause of many unwanted developments.
"Poverty and unemployment dishearten the public with the status quo and make them disinterested toward participating in state affairs," he said.
Tavakkoli emphasized that the rulers must rectify their performances.
"This will help restore people's trust in the Islamic system. When there exists a sound relationship between the rulers and the ruled, we will be blessed with God's blessings," he said."