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Expediency Council passes extra provisions for privatization drive in Iran

Tehran, Nov 6, IRNA -- The Expediency Council on Saturday continued debate on privatization in connection with Article 44 of the Constitution.

The top decision making body passed two notes of a general plan to amend the constitutional articles which advocated state monopoly over national economy.

One note of the decision says that the privatization drive should not create obstacles to the national sovereignty of the government.

The second note made it clear that implementation of the privatization program should be balanced and maximum care should be taken to prevent taking shape of another monopoly by the private sector.

The debate took place in continuation of a policy making process aiming to pave the way for carrying out the 20-year economic, social and cultural development plan (2005-2025).

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei forwarded the 20-year vision plan to the three branches of government to take effect from the year 2005 and assigned the Expediency Council to remove any obstacles which it may find with the Articles 43 and 44.

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