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Ayatollah Khamenei : Entire nation should benefit from public wealth

Tehran, Aug 30, IRNA-Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the entire nation should benefit from public wealth and the government should give preference to fair distribution of financial facilities.

The Supreme Leader said in his guidelines to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet members that the government is expected to administer justice, fight discrimination and help the poor class tackle hardships.

"Justice means that you should distribute public facilities on equal terms for every individual. You should not follow example of capitalist countries where part of people live in comfort and luxury and the majority lead a miserable life in poverty and deprivation," the Supreme Leader said in his guidelines to the new cabinet.

The Supreme Leader said that progress and prosperity of the nation are tied to the implementation of the 20-year strategy plan for economic, cultural and social development and made it clear that the new government should see execution of the 20-year plan as its main mission.

The Supreme Leader said that the new government has taken office with an aim of setting up an Islamic government and it should make every endeavor to fulfill its commitments and make great strides in line with its objectives.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Mr. Ahmadinejad put forward the motto of justice-based government and people welcomed it in the presidential election.

"The government should remain faithful to the motto of administration of justice," the Supreme Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that great works have been done to remove deprivation by the former governments.

"Justice has always been on top of programs of the former governments. But, the danger was that other topics such as progress, development, freedom and democracy sometimes preceded the issue of justice. I advise you that nothing should undermine justice and you should never forget the poor class," the Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader said that absence of justice will endanger faith and spirituality and that pursuing justice without spiritual values will lead to hypocrisy and deviation.

Ayatollah Khamenei criticized those who believe that justice would be established through fair distribution of poverty and said that justice means distributing facilities to every individual on equal terms.

"Those who believe that first of all we should increase public fund and then adopt measures for fair distribution of financial facilities, are ignoring justice in practice."

The Supreme Leader said that all ministries should observe justice in their programs and the Management and Planning Organization (MPO), Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and the service sector shoulder heavy responsibility in this respect.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized the need for freedom of expression and said that the government should contribute to progress of science and knowledge and respect freedom of thinking.

"The government should create an atmosphere in which the people can think freely," the Supreme Leader said adding that freedom of thinking is a prerequisite for freedom of expression.

"When there is no possibility for people to think freely, there will not be freedom of expression either," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

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