Principlist Election Watchword: Resistance Economy

Principlist Election Watchword: Resistance Economy Principlist Election Watchword: Resistance Economy

The principlist campaign for the parliamentary elections revolves around Resistance Economy, which they describe as the only avenue to address economic problems.

In an electoral meeting at Imam Sadeq (PBUH) University in Tehran on Friday, Principlist Coalition’s spokesman, Gholamali Haddad-Adel, outlined the principlist agenda for the next Majlis.

“Principlists hope a Majlis will be formed that gives importance to people’s economic problems,” Fars News Agency quoted him as saying.

“We believe that the gravest concern of people is [to earn a] livelihood and the incoming Majlis should deal with these problems in a fair and wise manner.”

Haddad-Adel referred to Resistance Economy as key to settling economic issues, which can help the country withstand sanctions and plots.

Resistance Economy is a set of policies aimed at promoting economic self-reliance and weaning the country of heavy dependence on oil revenues.

The former Majlis speaker said advancing Resistance Economy should not be forgotten, after the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal with world powers, which led to the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran.

“Economic measures in the post-JCPOA era should not result in a dependent and consumer economy,” he said. “[Foreign] purchases, contracts and consultations should help our economy become self-driving.”

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On the principlist list of candidates for Tehran, the spokesman said forging unity among principlists and publishing a single list of candidates are essential to win the political contest.

The list was released on February 7 by the Principlist Coalition council, a body formed to organize the electoral efforts of principlist parties and help them preserve their majority in parliament.

Some prominent figures on the list are lawmakers Fatemeh Alia, Mehrdad Bazrpash, Ahmad Tavakkoli and Alireza Zakani, as well as Majlis Deputy Speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard, former commerce minister Yahya Ale Es’haq, former Tehran mayor Mohammad Nabi Habibi, former oil minister Masoud Mirkazemi and Haddad-Adel himself.

The Resistance Front of the Islamic Revolution with 12 representatives, Society of Devotees and Path-Seekers of the Islamic Revolution with eight, YEKTA Front with three, Combatant Clergy Association with two, Islamic Coalition Party with two and other principlist parties with two members are featured in the list.

Haddad-Adel, who is also an incumbent lawmaker, explained that while putting together the list, principlists were focusing on economy.

“Ten economists are on the list [for Tehran], apart from economists on the principlist lists [in other constituencies] across the country,” he said.

He further said 15 members of the list are former high-ranking officials or ministers, while there are six women and four clerics with managerial and legislative experience.

The Guardians Council, the election vetting body, released the final list of qualified Majlis candidates on Wednesday.

After investigating the records of 12,123 individuals registered to run for the parliamentary polls, the body announced that it has approved 6,233 candidates and excluded 5,223, while 612 withdrew from the race.

Those deemed eligible by the Guardians Council have one week from Thursday to launch their campaigns, heating up the race for the next parliament.

About 55 million Iranians with over 18 years of age are scheduled to cast their votes in the parliamentary elections on February 26.