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President Ahmadinejad Reacts on Ministry Mergers

Service : Economy
TEHRAN, May 11 (ICANA) – Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defends the government's plan to merge ministries in response to a warning by Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani against the move.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:11:22 PM
President Ahmadinejad Reacts on Ministry Mergers

On Wednesday, the president said the measure was legal and in line with the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan.

As part of long-term roadmap devised for sustainable growth, the 2010-2015 development plan has obliged the government to downsize its ministers to improve governing the country.

“The 53rd article of the Fifth [Five-Year Development] Plan has obliged the government to merge some ministries at its discretion and if a new ministry is established submit its job description to Majlis,” the president said.

Accordingly, the government has notified the cabinet ministers of the forthcoming merger of the ministries of Roads and Transportation with Housing and Urban Development, Energy with Oil, Industries and Mines with Commerce, and Welfare and Social Security with Labor and Social Affairs.

Larijani, however, claimed on Tuesday that the move was 'illegal' and warned that it run up 'heavy costs' for the government.

President Ahmadinejad said, “The honorable Majlis Speaker apparently thinks [he] is the embodiment of the law, which is not a right assumption.”

“This anti-government hype created is not right because there is an authority in the country which addresses violations of the law and the Majlis Speaker cannot personally deal with such violations,” he said.

“This is the duty of the Court of Administrative Justice and if there is disagreement between the three branches of the government, the Leader of the [Islamic] Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] will resolve the problem.”

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