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Iran: Presidential Candidates Attend Final TV Debate

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The third and last televised debate involving seven candidates racing for the Iranian presidency was conducted on Saturday as the electoral campaigns are heading into the home stretch.

With only six days before the nationwide election, the presidential candidates have taken part in the third televised debate to outline their plans for addressing the people’s concerns and demands.

Tasnim claims the debate was as one of the most-watched programs in the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting history, the debate began at 5 pm local time.

Allotted equal minutes of speaking time each, the candidates are counting on their experiences and foresight to elaborate on their strategies in the TV debate that lasts for more than three hours.

The seven candidates in the race for the highest executive post in Iran, singled out by the Constitutional Council, are Saeed Jalili, Mohsen Rezaee, Seyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Alireza Zakani, Seyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, Mohsen Mehralizadeh, and Abdolnasser Hemmati.

During the first and second debates, the candidates had outlined their plans to settle the economic, social, political and cultural problems.

In remarks on May 27, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei advised the presidential candidates to avoid slandering the other candidates or turning the elections into a war of power.

“You should not look at typical American and European elections because they are notorious due to their insulting behavior. In our own country too, whenever candidates adopted the method to insult, slander and accuse other candidates during televised debates with the goal of frightening the people of other candidates, the country was harmed in one way or another. This has happened in the past. It should not be the case that we frighten the people of another candidate, saying that if he wins, such and such a thing will happen. The arena of elections is a competition for rendering services,” the Leader underlined.

Slated for June 18, the 13th presidential election in Iran will be held simultaneously with council and midterm parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.

More than 59,310,000 Iranians are eligible to vote this year.

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Tasnim News Agency

Tasnim News Agency is a private news agency in Iran launched in 2012. Its purpose is to cover a variety of political, social, economic and international subjects along with other fields

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