Although Ebrahim Raisi’s government has just started, some accuse him of empty promises and consider his claims, like those of other presidents of Iran’s regime, unattainable.
The faction affiliated with the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei in the 2021 elections tried to declare that Ebrahim Raisi is different from the previous presidents, and he can fulfill his promises soon.
But now, although not much time has passed since he took the office, some from both factions have accused him of giving empty promises, without any difference from previous governments.
The manifestations in which these people accuse him of empty promises have different subjects, from its claims to fight the corruption in the government to the mass housing construction in a short time which are just two examples which he gave in the election debate.
The promise to build 1 million houses each year which was introduced by its minister of transportation and metropolitan development, was immediately refused by one of the IRGC’s officials calling it an empty promise.
Saeed Mohammad, the former commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ Khatam al-Anbiya base, who had initially run for the 2021 presidential election but was disqualified, denied the remarks of the Minister of Roads and Urban Development.
Saeed Mohammad, who is considered as an expert in construction due to his background in Khatam base, argues that if the annual construction volume of 1 million houses is equal to 100 million square meters to build this amount of housing requires at least 500 trillion tomans, which is impossible.
He has argued that 500 trillion tomans are equivalent to 5 times the country’s development budget per year, and thus there is practically no possibility of financing such construction by Raisi’s government, and these words of the Minister of Roads and Urban Development were more of an empty promise than a reality.
He added that injecting such a figure would lead to an inflation of 30 to 40 percent more than the current inflation rate, in addition to the fact that such a monetary figure is not available to the government at all to be able to build this amount of housing per year.
Meanwhile, another official, Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, the Deputy Speaker for Parliamentary Affairs, in an interview with ISNA on August 31, stated that solving economic, livelihood, and health problems is time-consuming. People must be patient with all their might, like in the last four decades.
Hosseini, aware of the potential danger lurking in the way of the regime, told the people that the people should not be discouraged by the ‘system and revolution.’
Hosseini’s remarks are another interpretation of Raisi’s empty promise, calling on the people to ‘be patient’ instead of responding to their livelihood problems.
Mohsen Rahami from the so-called reformist faction, in an interview with ISNA on August 30, said that the government should not give new (empty) promises, adding that people should feel that Raisi’s government is different from previous governments.
These Rahami’s remarks, implicitly put this fact on the table that previous governments gave empty promises which were not fulfilled, and then calls on the head of the regime not to make such ‘new promises.’
Referring to the reduction of ‘social capital’ of the government, he added that we are all worried about this and all elements of the government are involved in reducing ‘social capital’ and the failure to fulfill the promises of the ‘revolution’ which has made people pessimistic.
The words of Saeed Mohammad, Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, and Mohsen Rahami are clear evidence that Raisi is just giving empty promises, and his government will be not able to solve any issue of the people.