FAEZEH HASHEMI VIEWS ON KHATAMI
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSES, JUNE 7
TEHRAN - Faezeh Hashemi, an Iranian MP and the daughter of former
president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani,
has lashed out at the Islamic regime's conservative-dominated leadership.
"Meanwhile, I have to admit that unfortunately the (Khatami's)
government has acted poorly in terms of
economic considerations," Hashemi, in remarks published on Monday by
the English-language Iran Daily, said.
Iran's 60 million population is still suffering from high unemployment
and inflation rates.
On Friday, (mullahs') supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, urged Khatami's
government to "pay greater
attention to the economic problems of the country and the well-being
of the population."
Mohammad Khatami "holds only a small portion of the power, (while)
the remaining part of the ruling
establishment confronts him in every way it can," she said.
"Since they have a major section of the leadership in their hands,
they do everything they can to ensure
their own brand of interests," Hashemi said. Attacks against pro-Khatami
media and ministries
have increased in recent months.