Gov’t Remains Committed to Election Promises

Gov’t Remains Committed to Election Promises Gov’t Remains Committed to Election Promises

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said the incumbent administration, in its final year, will strive to deliver on the remaining election promises of President Hassan Rouhani.

Rouhani won the presidential race in 2013, securing just over 50% of the vote and avoiding the need for a runoff.

Iranian presidents are elected for four year restricted to two consecutive terms.

The government's term end in July 2017, and the next presidential election has been set for May.

Speaking in the northeastern city of Gorgan in Golestan Province on Sunday on the occasion of Government Week (Aug. 23–29), Rahmani Fazli said, "One of the promises of the president was to rid the nation of problems created by enemies under the pretext of Iran's nuclear program.

That has been [now] been honored by negotiations, under the guidance of the Leader of Islamic Revolution and with resistance of the people and prudence of the government," IRNA reported.

Rouhani assigned a negotiating team headed by his foreign minister to come to an agreement with major powers for finding a solution to the 12-year dispute over the nuclear program.

The negotiations culminated in a historic deal in July last year, which took effect six months later to ease international sanctions against Iran in return for temporary restrictions on its nuclear program.

"They were promoting Iranophobia and threatening us with war and there was an international coalition against us. However, they finally conceded to the power of our people and were forced to end the negotiations in Iran's favor," he said.

  Return of Tranquility

Rahmani Fazli said the other promise of Rouhani was to create an atmosphere of calm, unity and solidarity on the domestic political scene and not exhaust the nation with unending controversies and disputes.

"In these three years, the government has not been the source of tensions. With moderation, patience and restraint, it tolerated all the trouble-making moves and today there is solidarity, unity, coordination and harmony in the country."

The minister said easing economic hardships, improving the employment rate and boosting domestic production were the other pledges made by the president on the campaign trail.

"The government is determined to promote the Resistance Economy and address economic issues," he told the provincial officials.

Resistance Economy is a series of economic policies recommended by the Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei to help boost domestic production and cut the unsustainable over-reliance on oil export revenues.

Tehran's relief from sanctions has raised the prospects of taking out the economy from its present slumber and Rouhani and his men hope to seize the opportunity and push through the economic reforms needed to attract much-needed foreign investment and technology.