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Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi on the campaign trail

Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi gestures during the first presidential debate on state TV, in Tehran, on June 5, 2021. (Photo by YJC)

Read quick updates on what Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi says on the campaign trail below. Check routinely for new content.


[Saturday, June 12, 2021]


[Tuesday, June 8, 2021]


[Sunday, June 6, 2021]

In a TV debate on Sunday night, Ghazizadeh-Hashemi spoke of his economic agenda, offering his views on how to deal with unemployment and organize the country’s taxation, health and insurance systems.

Ghazizadeh-Hashemi said his administration, if he is elected, would be based on transparency, and that each sector needs a comprehensive, smart electronic data system so it can better distribute the subsidies among those in need.

“We need an organization that would ensure a smart collection of taxes and a smart distribution of subsides,” said Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, adding that to achieve that objective, he has designed a “comprehensive taxation, health and support system.”

He pledged to halve the unemployment rate, from 12 to 6 percent, by creating four million new jobs.

“We need to base economic development on creative industries, start-ups, and science-based economy,” he said.


[Saturday, June 5, 2021]

Speaking on the first presidential debate, Ghazizadeh-Hashemi called inflation “the mother of all scourges” in Iran.

“Inflation is a perpetual tax that goes from the barefoot to the government and the affluent class. That has been going on for 60 years,” he said.

Ghazizadeh-Hashemi said he had already drawn up a package of 213 projects, 51 of which directly addressed inflation and market prices, and would be implemented in his potential administration — “the administration of peace.”

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