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Published on May 28, 2013

Iranian presidential candidate Hassan Rohani says he will improve the situation of business and production in the country if elected in the June presidential election.

"You know that all these problems in the economic sector, of which you named a few, as well as similar problems in other sectors, are rooted in the issue of management and the efficiency of the administration. But in the field of economy, the solution for all problems is productivity," Rohani said on Monday.

The reformist candidate made the remarks in a televised interview with IRIB channel 2 news program.

Rohani added that obstacles in the way of production can be resolved with short- and long-term planning.

"If we can resolve [the problem of] economic productivity, the problem of unemployment will also be resolved," he said.

When asked about his opinion about the economy of resistance, Rohani said, "An economy of resistance does not mean austerity, just as the revered Leader of the [Islamic] Revolution stated. An economy of resistance means we should move toward domestic production; an economy of resistance means we should pursue our economic goals."

Rohani, who is the president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research, also commented about the 2009 post-election unrest in Iran, blaming it on what he called extremism.

Rohani is facing seven rivals in the upcoming election. Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi are also running for president.

Iranians will go to the polls in the country's 11th presidential election on June 14.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election, and the Guardian Council vets the candidates.

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