Tehran, YJC. Professor says that Hashemi is likely to ruin the country’s corrupt economy if elected President.
Sadegh Zibakalam, Professor at the University of Tehran, said in an electoral debate "There is much dissimilarity between
Hashemi and the Reform current in economy, foreign policy, and a lot of other fields. He would ruin the country's corrupt economy with a pickax.”
Debating with Abbas Salimi Namin and Abdorreza Davar, representatives of the Principalist and governmental currents, he said "Hashemi believes with all his existence in free economy. The Irano-Islamic or Islamo-Iranian economic patterns and austerity measures are not Utopian to him.”
Zibakalam added "Hashemi is following his plans to carry out an economic model which is criticized by the Reformist. If he could, he would grab a pick and demolish the corrupt Iranian economy.”
Providing comments on Hashemi’s foreign policies, he stated "In the field of foreign policy, Hashemi does not believe in perpetual enmity with the US.”
He added "Hashemi does not consider Iran as the harbinger of the world's independent people. In the 90s and during the Iran-Contra affair he decided for talks with the US.”
He finally stated "But today Hashemi’s power is much less than in the 80s and 90s. Therefore he will not run for the elections.”