0220 GMT December 13, 2019
Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei weighed on a recently-passed law forbidding retirees from holding public office, hailing the measure but saying it needs to include few exceptions.
“This is a very good law. We needed this law,” he said, adding that the measure is, however, too generalized.
The Leader said there might not be suitable replacements for few experienced managers that have been retired in their early 50s and could still work.
“To say that no retiree must be reemployed is not right. There might be some people, maybe not too many, for them there is not a proper replacement,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted he may agree with granting permissions for retired officials to continue holding office, but called on the lawmakers to upgrade the law so that he does not have to intervene in especial cases.
The new law on banning retirees from holding government positions was ratified in September by the Parliament.
Following the new ruling, several senior officials, including deputy ministers, have been replaced with younger experts.
According to the newly-ratified law, the ban would not apply to the heads of the three branches of the government (president, Parliament speaker, and judiciary chief), first vice-president, vice-speakers of the Parliament, members of the Guardian Council, ministers, legislators and vice-presidents.