Ahmadinejad urges Iranian baby boom to challenge west

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has called for a baby boom to almost double the country’s population to 120 million and enable it to threaten the west.

In remarks that have drawn criticism, he told MPs he wanted to scrap existing birth control policies which discouraged Iranian couples from having more than two children.

Women should work less and devote more time to their “main mission” of raising children, Mr Ahmadinejad said.

His comments amounted to an attack on official policies - sanctioned by senior Islamic clerics - aimed at limiting Iran’s population, currently around 70 million.

Critics reacted with alarm and said the president’s call was ill-judged at a time when Iran was struggling with surging inflation and rising unemployment, unofficially estimated at around 25%.

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Chairman Mao also tried this form of power projection and China is still recovering from the disaster.

Does anyone know when this knobbers term of office is up?

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