Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Next president should improve nomads’ standard of living: Rafsanjani

Description of Selected News: "Moin condemns efforts to boycott election

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- "If we continue to argue in favor of boycotting the presidential election, we will lose our inalienable right to decide our own destiny," presidential hopeful Mostafa Moin said on Monday in Saqqez, Kordestan Province.

"My government would be established based on collective wisdom, and the new government must be established to solidly safeguard the reform movement," he added.

Moin said he considers "increasing the level of the nation's political acumen" one of the achievements of the eight-year rule of the reform government.

"A determined human being never loses hope, since he who loses hope has no future, and that is the worst thing that can happen to a society,” he said in conclusion.

Next president should improve nomads’ standard of living: Rafsanjani

Presidential candidate Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here on Tuesday that during the post–war reconstruction period, a great amount of funding was allocated to the infrastructure system and Iran could not improve the standard of living for the poor, but now the road is clear for such measures.

Strengthening the role of provinces in receiving local taxes to be spent in the same province is one of the strategies, the Expediency Council chairman added.

In light of the country’s specific economic, cultural, and political conditions, it is necessary to devise a series of development programs through which national unity can be fostered among Iran’s different ethnic groups, he observed.

Rafsanjani also noted that the nomads provide the most essential needs of the people but receive the least allocations from the national budget, adding that whoever assumes power in the country as the next president should take measures to improve their standard of living.

Women managers make fewer mistakes: Qalibaf

Presidential hopeful Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf believes that women in managerial posts make fewer mistakes in comparison with their male counterparts.

Speaking to a gathering of hundreds of women in Tehran on Tuesday, Qalibaf said that 50 percent of our human resources in national development are women, so their role in the country should be accurately defined.

He cited the great capabilities of Iranian women in different social spheres.

He added that 60 percent of Iranian university students are women, so if they fail to find an appropriate job after graduation, they will become frustrated and depressed.

He also promised to appoint more women in his administration and said that Iran has had a somewhat patriarchal attitude in the past, but Iranians are now obliged to consider women’s talents and capabilities in the modern era.

My ‘Welfare Administration’ would give pension benefits equal to salary: Mehralizadeh

Presidential candidate Mohsen Mehralizadeh told a gathering of political and economic experts in Mazandaran Province on Tuesday that his ‘Welfare Administration’ would give pension benefits equal to worker’s salaries.

He also noted that in order to establish his Welfare Administration, he would use all legal mechanisms.

Mehralizadeh went on to say that the Welfare Administration would be an administration that prepares the ground for the participation of all people in all social, cultural, economic, and intellectual fields.

He added that in selecting his cabinet members, he would consider their efficiency and youth, saying the crème de la crème of society would have active roles in his Welfare Administration.

20-year Outlook Plan targets unachievable with current management: Ahmadinejad

With the current attitude and management, Iran will fail to achieve the targets of the 20-year Outlook Plan, Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

Addressing people in a mosque in Abadan, Khuzestan Province, the presidential candidate said that some managers exaggerate problems to hide their inefficiency, adding that these managers should be dismissed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad stated that one of the main problems of the country is negligence toward justice, adding that justice means to prepare the ground for equal development in all parts of the country and also to fairly distribute opportunities.

He went on to say that justice would eventually be established in the country since it is the main axis of development and prosperity.

Cautious reform doomed to failure: Rezaii

Presidential hopeful Mohsen Rezaii said in in Khorramabad, Lorestan Province on Tuesday that the overly cautious style of reform was no longer effective and that Iran should seek to bring about a great change in the country, a change that should begin from within the government.

The next government should focus all efforts on its main programs to provide security, social welfare, and economic prosperity, while avoiding injustice, he added. SA/HG End MNA"