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May 2003 / No. 23


Appointment

New Mayor to Makeover Tehran

 

"Piety, virtue, candor, efficiency and trustworthiness will be the criterion on which my managers will be selected and this has nothing to do with settling political scores.

Tehranís second City Council has officially announced the election of Mahmood Ahmadinejad as the new mayor of Tehran, a city of over 10 million, in desperate need of a makeover.

Coming to office with 12 votes for, two abstentions, and only one vote against, Ahmadinejad has governed Ardabil, Makoo and Khoy and has served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Upon taking up his post, Tehranís new mayor said: "I hope I can use my reputation in achieving justice. I do not believe in shotgun-retribution, but some managers will inevitably be changed. The new managers will be selected on personal criteria, and whoever doesnít meet the mark must go. You can only be a manager to the extent that you work for the people, and that will be my criteria for selecting my managers. Recommendations are false misgivings. I will not give weight to anyoneís advice during my term as mayor. Some may be displeased with this course of action, but the peopleís trust is gained only through dedication to justice".

"Piety, virtue, candor, efficiency and trustworthiness will be the criterion on which my managers will be selected and this has nothing to do with settling political scores. The mayorís office must be cleansed of corrupt managers and shady monetary and administrative practices". When these visions are put into effect in the next couple of months, Tehranís municipality will bear witness to profound changes in scores of managerial positions, ranging from deputies to managing directors of the municipalityís affiliated companies. These managers will be replaced by a host of new faces as the first step toward cleansing a city that is long overdue for a makeover.

 

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