Ahamdinejad warns to expose his rivals

TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) – Incumbent President Ahmadinejad, who is seeking reelection, reacted to his rivals on Saturday and warned that he will expose them in the presidential debates starting on June 2.

Ahmadinejad said his rivals are making their first mistake and that is tarnishing his image.

 

According to the election law “nobody has right to tarnish the image of another person,” Ahmadinejad added.

 

He said he knows how to answer the criticisms that are made by other presidential contenders.

 

The incumbent president said the candidates speak in a way as if there was no problem in the country when he took the helms four year ago.

 

“The case of these persons is clear. I did not want to refer to some matters but they behaved in a way that I am forced to expose their case,” he told reporters in his first official presidential campaign.

 

Attributing all the problems to one administration is not based on a code of ethics, he said.

 

“The record of this administration is clear and that cannot be changed through propagation. Of course, the record of others is also clear and (anybody) can compare them all.”

 

Ahmadinejad says his government is not responsible for 25% inflation

 

The president also said his administration is not responsible for the 25 percent inflation rate.

 

“Of course it is possible that the inflation has reached 25 percent but this issue is not related to this administration’s policies at all.”

 

He also described the current economic situation as stable. He said while the world is facing economic recession, Iran is experiencing 5 to 6 percent growth.

 

He went on to say that the “average condition” in his government in the first four years is better than the first four years by the previous administrations of Rafsanjani and Khatami.

 

Rafsanjani and Khatami were in power for two successive terms.

The president also said that if he is reelected, his cabinet will not include persons from political groups or parties, insisting that he will select his cabinet members from common persons who have expertise and show an appetite for serving the people.

 

“There will be no member of groups or leaders of parties in the cabinet,” the president said when asked about his promise to form a cabinet that would represent Iran’s 70-million population when he took the oath of office in the summer of 2005.

 

PA/AA

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MNA

 

 

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