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Ahmadinejad Criticizes Parliament Ratifications, Rise Of Slander

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed disapproval of two recent Majlis ratifications calling for the creation of a new ministry and the revision of the process to select a central bank governor.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Ahmadinejad also criticized the rise of an "atmosphere of slander" in the country and defended First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi against the accusations of involvement in financial corruption recently leveled at him.

The Iranian president made the remarks after a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

On January 2, the parliament approved a bill calling for the establishment of a sports and youth ministry. According to the parliament's ratification, the Physical Education Organization and the National Youth Organization would be merged to form the sports and youth ministry.

On January 5, the Majlis ratified a bill stating that lawmakers must endorse the election of the central bank governor after the election of a candidate by the bank's general assembly.

On the Majlis ratification about the central bank, Ahmadinejad said, "It is not the right path for the Majlis to approve a law to limit the authority of the president and the executive branch of the government."

This decision "contravenes the Constitution" and "will have negative repercussions," he added.

The president should implement the economic plans, and the central bank is a tool in the hands of the president to regulate markets and the national economy, so if other branches of the government interfere in the central bank's affairs, many problems are created for the country, he stated.

Iranian Parliament (Majlis)

Commenting on the parliament's decision to establish a sports and youth ministry, the president said that the measure would negatively affect the situation of sports in the country.

He described it as a "hasty decision" and said the sports federations should manage the affairs of sports, and the administration should not interfere in their work and should only provide financial support to the federations.

The president also responded to the recent accusations claiming the first vice president is involved in financial corruption.

"Those people who level accusations should present evidence and documentation," Ahmadinejad said.

He said that the move is "politically motivated" and added that Rahimi is a man of moral integrity and the people who are slandering him are themselves facing various charges.

MP Elyas Naderan recently criticized the vice president on a live television program aired by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

At a press conference in late December, National Prosecutor Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei announced that the first vice president had been accused of financial corruption and said that the legal proceedings in the Rahimi case were in process but the charges had not yet been proven or dropped.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the president commented on the subsidy reform plan which has recently gone into effect.

"Today, all people are positively, consciously, and cooperatively backing the implementation of this plan... and every day the situation is getting better," he said.

Contrary to certain people's viewpoints, who believed that the implementation of the subsidy reform plan would strain the national economy and cause problems for the people, today the pressure on the people has reached the lowest level possible, he added.

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