Saturday, November 19, 2005

President forbids bullet-proof cars

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday, "A long stride will be taken toward fair distribution of the country's budget in the year 1385 (beginning on March 20).

According to the presidential office media department, the president who was speaking in a meeting with Friday prayers leaders across the country, added, "We praise the worthy services rendered by the past managers of the nation."

He added, "Regarding the country's budget deficit, my suggestion is broad assistance of all those who can assist to solve the problem."

President Ahmadinejad referred to Friday prayer as "one of the main centers for promotion of kindness in the society," adding, "Friday prayers leaders, too, are the most significant supporters of social justice."

Ahmadinejad said, "The Islamic Revolution differs with all definitions presented for revolutions, since it is the continuation of the prophets' movement and a step toward guiding the mankind toward a world in which justice abounds."

Emphasizing that the Islamic Revolution's main ideal is preparing the path for the era when man would establish a glorious government on earth, Ahmadinejad said, "Our mission is paving the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God Hasten his Reappearance)."

He added, "In order to reach that goal, Iran should turn into a mighty, advanced, and model Islamic society."

He said, "Today we must define our economic, political, and cultural policies in the framework of the school of patience (in absence of the 12th Shi'a Imam), refraining from leaning toward any Western school of thought."

Ahmadinejad also stressed, "We would never sacrifice our revolution and its ideals to secure the interests of individuals."

Defining his government's practical plans toward prevalence of justice, including fair distribution of opportunities and resources in the society, the president said, "Budget and banking financial facilities would be distributed fairly nationwide, in order to assist the deprived regions."

Ahmadinejad also referred to the establishment of Imam Reza Charity Fund, promotion of exports, economizing in administrative expenses, blocking the path for administrative corruption, broadening the circle of management, and providing access to facilities for the people, as economic measures adopted by the government to eliminate discrimination and incompetence, as well as ushering an economic leap toward justice.

Ahmadinejad stressed, "Tendency toward leading luxurious lives has not a place in this government and we would not permit imports of to 5 billion Rial (30 to 50 thousand US Dollar) bullet-proof cars, or permit some government officials to keep using such cars." READ MORE

He added, "A person that is contagiously the member of fifteen boards of managers and get 20 million Rial ($2,000) salaries from each, would quite naturally speak against this government."

The president emphasized, "The banks are the engines of the country's economy and the government needs to rely on those engines to assist the lower social classes to stand on their own feet."

Ahmadinejad said, "In a government based on justice we cannot permit three percent of the nation to benefit from 60% of the banks'credits."

Announcing that the government is determined to back up economic activities of the people with small capitals, President Ahmadinejad said, "We can have a dynamic economy if the majority of our nation would actively participate in economic affairs and the government backs up and encourages the people in that respect."

The president declared, "We are seriously after decreasing the role of government in economic affairs, and delivering such activities to the people."

He added, "We have been chanting the motto of supporting the private sector, but meanwhile been increasing the public sector's investment in some areas up to 500 fold."

Ahmadinejad also informed that his government has increased the export promotion bonuses up to 50%, adding, "We need to change the import-consumption trend into an import-export trend, and this government is seriously determined to do that."

Referring to the ban for government companies for making any new investments, the president said, "The government is after delivering the benefit of the government firms to the nation, and the system defines religious democracy as trusting the people in taking charge of affairs in various fields."

Turning to the welfare services rendered by his government already, Ahmadinejad said, "We have started laying natural gas pipelines for 9,000 villages throughout the county and established Imam Reza Fund, that is commissioned to support the youth in finding jobs and getting married."

He added, "We have also allocated 10,000 billion Rials ($1 billion) for construction and reconstruction of houses in villages during the current year (ending on March 20th).

Ahmadinejad reiterated, "The government would sever the hands of rent seekers off the national economy and block the path for graft."

The president considered existence of a kind relationship between the government and the nation as "a necessity" warning those that are after sowing the seeds of discord and promotion of enmity in the society that the government would confront them harshly.
Might we expect some of Ahmadinejad's enemies will be trying to get their hands on an existing bullet proof car?

Plus, many other interesting statements by Ahmadinejad in this report. Worth reading.