Have more children, Iranians urged   

Posted on ยป Friday, April 30, 2010
TEHRAN: Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mocked Iran's award-winning 
family planning policy yesterday, insisting Iranians need to have more children.

In a meeting with town council members, Ahmadinejad warned that 30 years from 
now Iran will be stuck with an ageing population like in the West and the 
situation will be "dangerous." "Westerners said 40 years ago 'let us control 
the population'... now look at them. Their population is old and ageing," 
Ahmadinejad said.

"Some people turned up in our country and blindly said let us do what they are 
doing and said that two children are enough and also passed a law concerning 

He was referring to a 1993 family planning law passed to control population 
growth in Iran after the baby boom years which followed the 1979 Islamic 
revolution, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged Iranians to have more 
children. Iran's population grew at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent for more 
than a decade from around 36 million around the time of the revolution. 

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