Iranian presidential hopeful Mottaki announces prioritized economic plans

Iranian presidential hopeful Mottaki announces prioritized economic plans

Azerbaijan, Baku, May.18/ Trend F.Karimov/

Iranian former foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said that reinforcing economic enterprises, upgrading old financial and managerial systems, and implementing special plans to curb inflation will be among his main policies if he is elected as the next president.

In a letter to academicians and economic experts, Mottaki has referred to supporting middle-income families and removing dependency on oil revenues as other issues he will tackle if elected as president, the Mehr News Agency reported.

Mottaki is affiliated with the principlist Coalition of Five.

He had previously said that Iran's biggest challenges are soaring inflation and unemployment.

Mottaki, who served as foreign minister under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration from 2005 to 2010, added that he has serious plans to address those challenges.

The Coalition of Five also includes vice speakers of Iran's Majlis, Mohammad-Reza Bahonar and Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabifard, head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce Yahya Al-e Eshaq as well as former Interior Minister and current head of the General Inspection Office of Iran, Mostafa Pourmohammadi.

Official registration of candidates for Iran's upcoming presidential elections started on May 7, and lasted until May 11. Nearly 700 people have submitted their registrations for the presidential race.

From May 12-16, Iran's Guardian Council looks into the each candidate, and determines whether a candidate is eligible for participating.

If a candidate, for some reason is not eligible for participating in the elections according to the Guardian Council, then from May 17-21, that candidate will have time to protest the decision.

Iran's Interior Ministry will unveil the names of the candidates which are competitive enough to participate in the elections on May 22-23.

After the candidates have been determined, the pre-election campaigns would begin on May 24, and end on June 12.

Iran will hold the 11th presidential election on June 14, 2013.

The voters will select the successor of the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third term according to the country's constitutional laws.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.

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