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Iran: Presidential candidate Mousavi says moral police, provincial visits irrelevant

Report by Press TV; photos by ISNA

Presidential hopeful Mousavi criticizes Iran's moral police while adding that he has joined the presidential race to solve Iran's many problems.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi with Ayatollah Javadi Amoli in Qom


"I could not be indifferent to all of the cultural, social, economic and political problems in Iran," Reformist presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi said on the sideline of a meeting with top religious scholars in the city of Qom on Thursday.

"Considering my experience in running the country during the years of the war [with Iraq], I felt that I could contribute to enhancing the condition of the country," Kalemeh quoted Mousavi as saying.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi with Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani

He also highlighted the key role of religious scholars and added that they have always been trying to solve the country's issues and their role could not be ignored.

Asked if he would continue President Ahmadinejad's provincial visits, Mousavi said that he sees no need for taking the cabinet ministers to other provinces for lengthy visits.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi with Ayatollah Golpayegani

"I don't believe in lengthy trips [to other provinces] because we have sensitive issues in the country," he added.

"If the problems in the provinces are recognized systematically, the head of the cabinet could solve them rapidly in short visits to provinces and he would be able to spend more time on national issues," he added.

Mousavi stressed that the government's regular contact with all the provinces is necessary and should be continued but through a more proper and effective mechanism.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi with Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

Mousavi also criticized Iran's 'moral police' and said that if the government reduces unemployment and inflation and applies correct cultural policies, there will be no need for the use of bullying language against the country's youth.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi with Ayatollah Sanei

In a press conference three days ago, the former prime minister had said that if he becomes president, he would put an end to the 'moral police'.

Mousavi, who served as the last prime minister of Iran until the post was abolished, has been credited for steering the country during the times of economic uncertainty in the 1980s at the time of the eight-year war that was imposed on Iran by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi with Ayatollah
Mousavi Ardabili

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