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President Rouhani will swiftly revive Iran's key planning body


Source: Press TV

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani plans to reestablish the Management and Planning Organization (MPO), six years after the controversial dissolution of the strategic body, a presidential aide says.

File photo: Building of Iran's Management and Planning Organization, dissolved in July 2007.

Iran's Vice President for Supervision and Strategic Affairs Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on Tuesday that the MPO is to be reestablished "within the framework of a 100-day plan."

He added that the MPO's revival is part of measures to reform the country's fiscal, budgetary and human resources systems.

The MPO was tasked with a variety of duties, including drafting annual budget bills, evaluation of human resources, and formulation of medium- and long-term development plans.

However, in July 2007, then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dissolved the MPO and established a new budgeting body directly under his own control.

Ahmadinejad's measure sparked a flurry of criticism among political and economic circles in Iran.

"Unfortunately, the dissolution of the MPO disrupted the government's budgeting and human resources [administration]. This measure has been constantly criticized by experts," Nobakht said.

Reestablishment of the MPO was among the major campaign promises of Rouhani.

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