Call for Cabinet Reshuffle

Call for Cabinet Reshuffle Call for Cabinet Reshuffle

A reformist politician says President Hassan Rouhani should improve harmony and coordination in his government to pave the way for better implementation of the Resistance Economy.

In an interview with IRNA published on Wednesday, Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari said the government's economic team "is not well coordinated" and Rouhani "needs to reshuffle his Cabinet".

He said he believes the new parliament, which opened on May 28, is more supportive of the government and its efforts to accelerate economic recovery and uphold the norms of the Resistance Economy. "Now, with the composition of the Majils [heavily] changed, it's time for the government to make changes in its economic team," he said.  

The Resistance Economy is a set of guidelines recommended  by the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei aimed at curbing dependence on oil export revenues, lift domestic manufactures and improve self-reliance and productivity across  key economic sectors.

  No More Excuse

Mousavi Lari said with the new elected legislature, the government will have no more excuse for failing to resolve the economic problems.

"The Majlis is now a partner of the government. They can (and should) join hands to meet the challenges" and address the economic ills, the former interior minister (1998-2005) said.

In the new parliament, an alliance of reformists and government backers has a simple majority, after defeating rival principlists in the two-round elections in February and April and putting an end to their 12-year dominance in the consultative assembly.

The reformist cleric pointed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program as another factor easing the government's difficult path to end economic hardships, saying it has improved Iran's standing in the world and prompted many countries to seek economic engagement and cooperation with Iran under Rouhani's watch.

JCPOA is the formal name of the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers which led to the removal of international sanctions on Iran, in return for limiting its nuclear work.  

"Countries are now willing and able to make investments in the potentials and capabilities of the nation."


  Moving Toward Prosperity

The politician expressed hope that with informed decisions and interaction between the government and parliament, the country will be able to attract foreign investment and register decent levels of economic growth.

"This will boost economic prosperity and create jobs, which in turn will help alleviate social problems and other major concerns," Mousavi Lari was quoted by the news agency as saying.

"If officials can effectively take advantage of and benefit from the opportunities, I'm certain we will move toward better economic conditions by the second half of this fiscal year [started in March]."