Curbing inflation to top Aref agenda

Iranian presidential candidate Mohammad Reza Aref says curbing inflation will be his top priority if he wins the June 14 vote.

On Sunday, the Reformist candidate pledged to end the countryâ„¢s financial and monetary irregularities, curb liquidity, and decrease the inflation rate to below 10 percent.

Aref, who is also a former first vice president, stated that unemployment and inflation are the most pressing issues in Iran, adding that joblessness among the youth, especially the university graduates, is alarming.

The Reformist candidate further said he would try to forge closer relations with Iranâ„¢s neighboring countries.

Other presidential candidates include Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

Iranians will go to the polls in the countryâ„¢s 11th presidential election on June 14. The fourth city and rural council elections are also scheduled to be held on the same day.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election with more than 1.6 million first-time voters.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV