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Extremism is Iran's most serious problem: Rafsanjani

Extremism is Iran's most serious problem: Rafsanjani
Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that extremism is the most serious problem the country is facing.

"Extremism is the country's most important problem, and those who are concerned about Islam, the revolution, and the system should find a solution," Rafsanjani said during a meeting with a number of university instructors in Tehran on Tuesday.

Moderation is needed in the economy and domestic and foreign policy, he observed.

A glance at Islamic thought, the Holy Koran, and the Seerah (lifestyle and manner) of Prophet Muhammad  will show the significance of moderation in thought and actions, he noted.

But it will not be possible to solve the country's problems until extremists from both camps halt their extreme actions, he added.

The problems can be solved if the people heed Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's recent remarks about the rule of law, he stated.

He also said holding logical television debates instead of street clashes can pave the way for efforts to solve the problems.

Larijani defends TV debates on poll aftermath

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has stated that televised debates between politicians should not be temporary, saying holding such debates should turn into a strategy for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

"These debates can be a good solution to resolve political, social and cultural issues, and all experts should be given the opportunity to air their views" on the programs, he said on the sidelines of a conference on the Gaza Strip in Tehran.

The IRIB has started a series of televised debates over the post-election incidents. The programs have been warmly welcomed by the public.
 

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