Ahmadinejad Tells Media:
In his most recent interview Iran’s President Mahmud Ahmadinejad not only denied the existence of rising costs and hardships that ordinary Iranians face every day but even said he had solutions for the world’s food crises problem.
“I think the living conditions of Iranians are better than in the past and say this based on per capita consumption figures, just as the national purchasing power has increased as well. But in general, the purchasing power in the country has risen during the last three years,” he asserted.
At a press conference in which some one hundred domestic and international journalists and reporters were present, Ahmadinejad said this in response to a question by Eghtesad Pooya newspaper regarding ways to resolve the global economic crises, as he ignored the dire straits that Iranians live on a daily basis, “It is true that the world is facing a drought, but the food crises facing mankind is the result of mismanagement at the global level. We have prepared solutions to resolve this crisis and shall present them at the next FAO (UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization) meeting in Rome. I think our proposals contain ways to resolve the issue so that nations will have sufficient amounts of food and resources.”
Ahmadinejad is presenting his “proposals” for the world at a time when specialists and experts in Iran and even a large number of right-wing Majlis representatives and Friday prayer leaders (who in Iran exercise a great influence over public opinion) agree that the country is facing very serious economic problems. Last week, even the Majlis Speaker Haddad Adel and Larijani, who is widely tipped to be the next Speaker following last month’s parliamentary elections spoke about the need for the next legislature to pay special attention to the issue of inflation and rising prices.
To add to this growing criticism, even senior clerics of Iran who generally support Ahmadinejad’s administration have been critical of sharply rising prices.
During this press interview, Ahmadinejad who has zero tolerance for any domestic criticism, invited the next US President for a debate and said, “I am willing to debate with the whole world watching with American presidential candidates who claim to manage the world.” He again said that world powers had reached an impasse adding, “Political relations in the world are based on bullying of the powerful and dominant powers and conditions of the world are the result of these relations. They are not capable of solving current problems and so everybody is in a complete impasse.”