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Photos: Mir-Hossein Moussavi talks about 'hope, patience' in Ardebil

Photos by Rooholla Vahdati ISNA; report by Press TV

Presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Moussavi

As Iran prepares for the June 12 elections, presidential runner Mir-Hossein Moussavi stresses the importance of drawing optimistic plans.

"I entered the scene of election competition to revive 'hope and tolerance' in the Iranian nation with the aim of building a developed country," Moussavi said in the city of Ardebil on Monday.

Ardebil is one of the Azeri inhabited provinces located in the North-West Iran and its center is Ardabil. It is in the north-west of the country, bordering the Republic of Azerbaijan and the provinces of East Azarbaijan, Zanjan, and Gilan. Its center is the city of Ardabil.

He called on presidential candidates to sketch out plans that bring hope to the nation "because in such a case their plans will bear fruits and national and religious ideals will be materialized".

He also advised the government not to resolve the problems facing the nation only "to win their vote and support".

"No one should speak of values in a society where confirmation is obtained through purchasing the vote of members of the parliament. The government should be honest with the people," added the former prime minister.

"The national will must prevail in the country to change the ongoing situation and resolve problems. Otherwise, we will feel disgrace when we confront with neighboring countries in the near future," Moussavi said.

Moussavi, who is a vocal critic of President Ahmadinejad's economic policies, said, "projects which are carried out using national wealth should not be misused in the name of a particular person or government."

The presidential hopeful had said earlier that figures provided by the Central Bank proved that criticism of Ahmadinejad's economic policies show validity and are not lies.

"While we had the highest oil revenue during the past few years, we had one of the worst inflation rates. Those who say inflation is a lie must take a look at figures released by the Central Bank," he said.

Former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi and Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei have also criticized Ahmadinejad in the run-up to the June 12th election over what they have described as his poor economic performance.

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