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Iran Proposes 'Love Fund' To Boost Marriages

30 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's vice president today said the government is to create a $1.3 billion "love fund" to encourage poor young people to marry.

State television quoted Vice President Farhad Rahbar as saying that the money for the "love fund" will be deducted from the oil income of the National Iranian Oil Company.

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad swept to election victory in June on a pledge to distribute Iran's oil earnings more fairly.

Iranian youngsters often complain they cannot afford to get married because of Iran's economic woes and are living with their parents longer than ever before.

Rahbar did not elaborate on how the money would be used to help young couples.