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Monday 1 May 2017 - 16:43
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Iranís Rouhani: Incumbent administration created two million jobs

Iranís Rouhani: Incumbent administration created two million jobs

Press TV- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has defended his administration's performance in creating new jobs.

Speaking on the occasion of International Workersí Day on Monday, Rouhani said his administration had created as many as two million jobs.

ďWe were not an administration of sloganeering, but one of action. We were not an administration of [hollow] words, but one of deeds,Ē he said.

ďThose who shout slogans today [in favor of the workersí rights], why were they silent yesterday? If they are concerned about the workers, why did they not speak of workers yesterday?Ē he added in an apparent jab at some of his electoral rivals, who have criticized his administrationís economic performance.

The electorate will go to the polls across Iran on May 19 to elect the countryís next chief executive.

Also contesting the polls are Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, a current member of the countryís Expediency Council, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the northeastern city of Mashhad, incumbent First Vice President Isíhaq Jahangiri, and former vice president and minister Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

The first live debate between the six aired on Friday featured criticism of the current administrationís record by Qalibaf and Raeisi.

Also on Monday, Raeisiís campaign issued a statement, accusing the current Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of underreporting.
Iranian presidential candidate Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi†
It said the ministry had overrated the number of the bank loans awarded to newly-weds under Rouhani, and the volume of the loans.

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Meanwhile, delivering an address on Workersí Day, Mirsalim (seen below) said everything was at the countryís disposal to make progress.

ďIf we have faced a problem in the area of economy and production, it is because of mismanagement,Ē he noted. ďIt makes no sense if, today, our engineers and workers should emigrate and help advancement of foreignersí industries.Ē

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