Aug 25, 2021 16:29 UTC
  • President Raeisi vows not to budge on anti-corruption stance

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi assures Majlis that he would, under no circumstances, row back the slightest bit from his anti-corruption position.

“Incorruptibility is a pivotal imperative in the government, and there would be no tolerance for [even] the smallest instances of corruption,” the chief executive said at the end of a parliamentary session held to qualify his proposed ministers on Wednesday.

“I will, under no conditions, back down in the case of fighting corruption,” he added, asserting that a government that is bent on fighting corrupt practices has to be steered by a similarly anti-corruption figure.

He thanked the legislative body for evaluating the candidates for various portfolios, urging it to complete the task at the earliest opportunity so the government can set about resolving the country’s problems.

Raeisi described the parliament’s performance of the duty as “a depiction of religious democracy” that sees the legislators evaluate the nominees’ qualifications “carefully and meticulously.”

The nominees, the president added, had been tapped to take over the portfolios based on the standards that he had specified on his electoral campaign, namely such barometers as “competence, expertise, and honesty towards the people.”

No ‘established accusations’ against ministerial nominees

The chief executive also expressed his gratitude towards the Ministry of Intelligence, the intelligence directorate of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and the country’s General Inspection Organization for providing the cooperation that was needed as he was vetting potential candidates.

The proposed ministers did not face any “established accusations,” the president said, and voiced delight over the fact that whatever claim that had been laid against them had been disproven so far.

Govt.’s red line in fighting corruption

Raeisi said the government’s “red line” as far as corruption was concerned was potential attempts by various persons to throw baseless and non-evidentiary claims against one another.

Separately, the president cautioned against the existence of any friction between the government and the parliament, saying that people could not put up with such differences.

He recalled the bitter experience of such clashes in the past, saying, “Cooperation among the people, government, and Majlis is an indispensable imperative.”

Govt. to provide Majlis with detailed report on agenda

Separately, Raeisi vowed that the government was to trust the parliament with a detailed report on its pending agenda.

The report would expand on the strategies and courses of action that the government intends to apply to as many as 30 problematic areas in the country’s affairs.