Mousavi criticizes govt. for releasing ‘contradictory statistics’

TEHRAN, May 8 (MNA) – Presidential contender Mir-Hossein Mousavi on Friday blamed the current administration for releasing “contradictory statistics”.

“This trend deprives researchers and social experts of the possibility for criticizing the government,” he told a gathering of medical practitioners in Tehran.


“There is a tendency in the society to hide statistics and one can witness the result in statistics that officials release”, the reformist candidate added.


The former prime minister also said the dissolution of Management and Planning Organization (MPO) shows that major decisions in the country are based on “unscientific ideas”.


The MPO had a variety of duties, including an assessment of the country's resources, drawing up medium and long-term development plans, and drafting annual budgets.


Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2007 ordered the dissolution of the MPO and established a new budget planning body.


Mousavi said another major problem that has taken its toll on the country is that managers who have gained much experience over the years since the Islamic Revolution are excluded from managerial posts.


He went on to say that he considers “young people’s unemployment and resolving the inflation issue” as two priorities for his future administration.


In a meeting with a group of clerics here on Thursday, Mousavi also stated that he has very good relations with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.


“I currently have best relation with the Supreme Leader, I accept the constitution and observe all its principles,” he said.


He also noted those politically independent clerics who criticize the government are a great benefit to the government.


“With independent clerics whenever the government makes a wrong move, clerics with their independent position can take a critical stand and this will improve the government’s situation.”  


Mousavi went on to say that he will enjoy support both from the reformist and the rival conservative camps.


However he expressed dismay that it is only the incumbent president who has access to 6 national TV channels and 30 provincial channels.







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