News ID: 188975
Published: 0744 GMT March 08, 2017

Rouhani defends gov’t economic performance

Rouhani defends gov’t economic performance

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday vehemently defended his government’s economic performance, saying it has acted successfully in pursuing “Economy of Resistance” policies.

“We are defiantly victorious in [implementing] the economy of resistance,” Rouhani said at an international conference in the holy city of Mashhad, adding that “because we have a great nation, an efficient government and a conversant and sophisticated Leader who is guiding us.”

The president noted that “the government has been carrying out its responsibility” in this regard.

The comments came a day after Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the Assembly of Experts chairman, cast doubt about the government’s performance.

Jannati urged the government to “apologized to the people” if it has failed to do anything about the economy of resistance.

Rouhani on Wednesday rejected as “irrelevant” the question whether his government is successful in the economy of resistance.

The president said the Islamic Republic has managed to “push up economic growth, bring down inflation and maintain the value of national currency” despite difficulties it has been facing like other major crude exporters.

He added that the decline in oil prices forced “almost all oil producers” except Iran to tap their cash reserves.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei ordered President Rouhani’s government through an official decree in February 2014 to pursue what he described as “the economy of resistance”.  

Ayatollah Khamenei in his decree called on the government to secure the utilization of the country’s resources, struggle to promote a knowledge-based economy, take efforts to increase energy consumption efficiency and boost domestic production among several other steps as the requirements for the materialization of the resistance economy.

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