Ayatollah Khamenei: Economy must be parliament's first priority
In a message to Iran's new parliament on Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized that attention must be paid to economy.
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The message was read by the Leader’s chief of staff in the opening ceremony of the new parliament (Majlis).
Stressing the fundamental role of the MPs in elevating the parliament to its proper position, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that one of the requirements for the parliament to be above all affairs is the presence of active, well ordered, clean-handed, trustworthy and well-aware representatives of the country's conditions and priorities and noted that "Economy and Culture" is at the forefront of the country's priorities and advised the MPs to give priority to issues such as the poor classes' living conditions, reforming the main strategies of the economy such as employment, production, and inflation, adhering to piety and fairness in supervisory duties, revolutionary stances on important events and fraternal interaction with the executive and the judiciary branches.
In a message on the occasion of the inauguration of the 11th round of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament) read this morning by the head of the office of the Leader, Mohammad Mohammadi-Golpayegani, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei expressed his satisfaction with the beginning of the new round of the parliament and the emergence of this glorious and brilliant forefront of Islamic democracy in the eyes of the world, and commanded people's will and motivation for the formation of the Parliament and congratulated the new elected MPs.
The Leader considered Imam Khomeini's interpretation that the Parliament is above all affairs as the most comprehensive description of the dignity and duty of the parliament and added: "If we consider the law as the path of the country to the peaks and destinations specified in the Constitution, the parliament is committed to this vital path."
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need for everyone to follow the path of the law, pointing to the existing capacities to guarantee the implementation of the law in the Judiciary, as well as the Parliament itself, such as the right to probe, the right to reject and accept senior government officials, and the right to notify, question and impeach and highlighted: "If the law is correct, sufficient and enforceable and the guarantees of its implementation are used properly, the country will achieve its lofty goals."
Emphasizing the fundamental role of the MPs in elevating the parliament to its proper position, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated: "When the MPs know the conditions and priorities of the country correctly and with expertise, active and regular presence, clean-handedness and trustworthiness perform their duties, in fact, the parliament will be the focal point of hope of the people and the point of reliance of the executors, and in the true sense of the word, above of all the country's affairs."
Ayatollah Khamenei termed involvement in unimportant matters, introducing unhealthy personal and partisan motives, negligence in work and unhealthy ethnic and regional grouping as the main detriments of parliamentary representation and underscored the economy and culture as the two main priorities of the country and called on everyone to think and work hard on the livelihood of the weaker classes as a priority.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted the reform of the main pillars of the national economy, such as "employment, production, the value of the national currency and inflation" and " prioritizing the general policies of the resistance economy" and referred to an approaching task of the parliament, which is to regulate the Seventh Development Plan of the country."
The Leader also called for paying attention to reducing the decisive role of crude oil in the government's financial resources.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed confidence that the observance of these headlines would prove to the nation that their election would be correct and would increase the desire to participate in the elections.
The newly-elected Iranian lawmakers held the first session of the 11th Parliament after the victory of the Islamic Revolution on Wednesday.
The 11th round of Iran's parliamentary elections was held on Friday, Feb 21, 2020, in 208 poll stations throughout Iran.