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July 2013, No. 67


Editorial

Sustainable Development &
Improvement of Int'l Relations


For a president who hopes to be reelected for another four years in the second term, there is no other way than implementing policies in the first year of his tenure which would have sweet results at least in the third and fourth years.


Seyed Hussein Sanaei, Chairman &
Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Hassan Rouhani was elected the 11th President of the Islamic Republic of Iran by a majority voting. Now, it should be seen to what extent would Dr. Rouhani be committed to the promises he gave the people prior to his election win.

Let's review some of the economic promises he gave supporters during his election campaign:

Dr. Rouhani believes that the sanctions are tyrannical and have badly hurt Iran. He says the sanctions should be stopped and should be taken to the UN Security Council for complete removal. This, he says confidently, can be done although it may be a complicated process. As for the high prices and devaluation of the national currency, Dr. Rouhani believes that people are concerned about the issue as well as their living. Nevertheless, he believes injustice, corruption and weak morality in the society are far worse than inflation.

In connection with the two-digit unemployment Dr. Rouhani believes that creation of sustainable job opportunity is one of the most important programs of his government; and for sustainable and generating employment there is no alternative than development of production. To accomplish this important task, he underlines, the inappropriate climate in Iran's international interactions should be changed and relations should be established with the world through sound interaction.

Finally, the president-elect believes that efficient management and valuable experiences are national assets which are even more precious than oil. He says more than oil we need thoughtful minds which know how to spend revenues so that people's welfare would be promoted and the country would be set on the course of progress.

Now it is incumbent upon the president-elect to know that the economic condition is so critical and the new government should seek ways out of this dilemma. Dr. Rouhani's government will be facing a huge budget deficit for current expenditures. The new government should know that economic growth has been halted and unemployment increased and the economic situation is so bad that demands application of bold programs in order to restore the economy to the path of 2005.

The economic situation in the country is so disturbed that at least in the area of economy and under the present juncture managers who are the outcome of the president-elect's coalition with his supporting groups could not be assigned.

Under the current economic condition a set of coordinated measures together with calculated risks should be taken by certain people who know the outcome of those policies and are capable of presenting historical evidence for applicability of their policies.

Relative application of sound economic policies in the short term would be unattractive and in some cases bitter and intolerable for the people. For millions of Iranians who, especially in the past two years, have tolerated paralyzing economic pressures and have voted for a new president in the hope to get rid of those pressures, acceptance of new pressures and additional restrictions would bring about more resentment.

For a president who hopes to be reelected for another four years in the second term, there is no other way than implementing policies in the first year of his tenure which would have sweet results at least in the third and fourth years.

Without doubt, implementation of what was mentioned in the above will depend on improvement of Iran's relations with the world. This is an issue in which the new president is specialized.

 

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