Cleric Urges Heads of Iran’s Branches of Power to Resolve Economic Problems

Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani called on the heads of three branches of power to take serious measures to resolve economic problems facing the people following recent price hikes.

Addressing a large gathering of worshippers in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Emami Kashani warned against enemies’ conspiracy to create discontent among people and said the US administration has ordered the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to hatch a plan to dominate Iran.

The cleric further pointed to recent remarks made by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and said as the Leader has noted, the heads of the three branches of government, namely Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, should take serious measures to resolve the economic problems facing the country.

Ayatollah Emami Kashani further called on officials to settle problems facing the country’s banking system, unemployment, and inflation through round-the-clock efforts and consultations.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday evening, Ayatollah Khamenei called for resolute and practical decisions to rise to major economic challenges in Iran, including banking problems and inflation.

The Leader urged the High Council of Economic Coordination to make decisive and effective decisions to address major economic problems, saying, “In order to resolve some of the key economic issues such as the problems of banking system, money supply, employment, inflation and budgeting process, you should make serious and operational decisions.”

Stressing the need for extraordinary and unwavering efforts to settle the existing economic crunches, Ayatollah Khamenei said the burden of high costs and diminishing purchasing power has fallen more heavily upon the vulnerable groups in society and affected their livelihood.

The economic troubles result either from the internal challenges and Iran’s economic structure or the US cruel sanctions, the Leader stated, calling on the decision-makers to adopt wise approaches to deal with both.

Ayatollah Khamenei then stressed that all Iranian authorities, the administration in particular, should welcome the ideas proposed by economists, private sector activists, the intelligentsia and the academic sector to address the economic woes.

“There is no dead end or insolvable problem in the country,” the Leader underscored, expressing confidence that God’s help, the serious resolve of officials and people, employment of the potential of the youth and tapping into the country’s resources and capacities will definitely help Iran rise to the challenges.

Ayatollah Khamenei has on various occasions warned of a large-scale economic war the enemies have launched against the Islamic Republic, saying even the US rhetoric of military action on Iran is a ploy to distract attention from the economic war.

In 2014, the Leader sent a proclamation to heads of Iran’s branches of power and outlined general policies to boost the country’s economy and lower its vulnerabilities under a grand plan, dubbed Resistance Economy.

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