Bahonar Lashes out at Ahmadinejad over Foreign Policies

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

In recent months, many politicians have criticized Iranian government for its wrong foreign policies. Mohammad-Reza Bahonar, the conservative First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his deputies are not powerful enough to lead the country in critical conditions.

“Unfortunately the current high-ranking officials of Iranian government don’t have enough experience to deal with important issues of the country. Of course, Islamic Republic must pay costs for its peaceful nuclear plan, but the conditions could be better than current situations. If the negotiations with world powers were managed correctly, the conditions of Iran’s economy would be highly better than this.” Mohammad-Reza Bahonar told a group of people in Tabriz.

“Currently, there is not any defined strategy and structure in Iran’s economy. I believe the next government and president of Islamic Republic must take these problems seriously. Iran will face more issues if it fails to control domestic markets.” Bahonar added.

Regarding the failure of Iran’s subsidy reform plan, Bahonar said: “The core of this plan is promising for the economy of Iran. But I think Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration couldn’t lead the plan properly. This made high inflation and unemployment rates in Iran.”

Bahonar, Leader of the Islamic Society of Engineers, backs commercial capitalism, and represents the technocrats of the conservative alliance. Mohammad Reza is the brother of Mohammad Javad Bahonar, the Former Prime Minister of Iran who was assassinated in 1981.