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Moral Advice Can’t ‘Tame’ Jobless Iranians, Shargh Cites Cleric

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Iran’s youth needs prospects and jobs amid high unemployment and poverty fed by the government’s “weak management,” the Shargh newspaper reported senior religious leader Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli as saying.

The country is rich in assets while suffering extensive poverty, Javadi-Amoli said, according to the Tehran-based newspaper. “We will one day be punished for it,” Shargh quoted him as saying.

Unemployment and poverty shouldn’t be underestimated, and moral and religious advice can’t be expected to “tame” poor and unemployed young people, Shargh reported Javadi-Amoli as saying at a meeting with politicians.

Javadi-Amoli also criticized infighting and the existence of cliques within the government, according to the report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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