February 20, 2007


Privatization will lead to prosperity: Leader (Tehran Times, 2/20/07)

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here on Monday that all national economic activities and planning should be conducted within the framework of the Article 44 privatization plan.

Ayatollah Khamenei issued a decree in early July to privatize state industries by amending Article 44 of the Constitution, which had banned private ownership of state institutions.

In a meeting with the officials in charge of implementing the privatization plan, he said the measures taken to implement the initiative have not been satisfactory.

"This problem has come up due to neglect of the Article 44 policies meant to create a massive economic transformation of the country or because of a lack of understanding (about the plan) among different bodies," he added.

The Leader called efforts to realize the privatization policies a kind of jihad, saying if officials make serious efforts, the encouraging effect of the privatization plan can be felt in two or three years.

It's not that the conservatives wish to be reformers, but that at the End of History they have no choice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2007 8:01 AM
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