Reformists Back Rouhani’s Reelection

Reformists Back Rouhani’s Reelection Reformists Back Rouhani’s Reelection

A reformist figure said although there are grounds for criticisms against President Hassan Rouhani among some reformist factions, the camp has reached consensus on backing Rouhani's reelection.

"Mr. Rouhani is the attractive option for the next presidential election for various reformist groups," said Mohammad Reza Rahchamani, secretary of the pro-reform National Unity and Cooperation Party, IRNA reported on Sunday.

The politician praised the incumbent administration, which is in its final year, over its economic, foreign policy and social achievements.

"With the efforts of the government, a calm and secure atmosphere for growth and development of the country has been created," he said.

"One of the attainments of the government was that it raised hope for the future among the youth, as with proper planning, many manufacturing units that were closed have resumed activities."

Rahchamani noted that getting the rampant inflation under control and bringing it down to below 10% is another success for Rouhani, which helped stabilize the economy and paved the way for more investments.

The government has also made progress in implementing the Resistance Economy, a set of principles outlined by the Leader of Islamic Revolution to foster a self-sufficient yet outward-looking economy, aimed at weaning the country off heavy dependence on oil revenues.

"We see a 25% drop in the share of oil revenues in the country's budget plan," he said.

  Merits of Nuclear Deal  

According to the reformist politician, Rouhani also pulled off a feat by clinching the July 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that settled a 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear activities.

Under the deal, Iran put temporary curbs on its nuclear work in return for the removal of nuclear-related UN, US and EU sanctions on Iran.

The deal has paved the way for Iran to attract foreign investment and technology to revitalize its economy.

Iran has witnessed a significant surge in its foreign exchange earnings as a result of the steady increase in oil exports in the post-deal era.

Rahchamani said the accord has improved Iran's international relations, as many high-ranking foreign officials have visited the country since July 2015 and "many cooperation agreements in various economic fields have been signed".

The reformist figure said reviving the House of Parties, which resumed activities last year to increase the parties' role in the domestic political scene, and implementation of the Health Reform Plan launched in 2014 to make healthcare more affordable for the people, are other accomplishments of the Rouhani administration.

Hassan Rouhani won Iran's last presidential race in 2013 when he secured just over 50% of the vote and narrowly avoided the need for a runoff.

Iranian presidents are elected to a four-year tenure restricted to eight consecutive years.

The tenure of his administration, the 11th of its kind since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, will end in July 2017.

The next presidential election has been slated for May 19, 2017.