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Iran 2017 presidential candidates hold first live debate

The first debate among the six candidates of the 12th Iranian presidential election is being aired live on state television.

According to Press TV, today the candidates outlined their initials plans if they get elected to the Chief Executive’s post. All the six candidates are being given equal time to air their views.

Today’s debate lasted three hours.

The live broadcast aims to reduce the candidates’ campaign spending and pave the way for eligible voters to make their choice on viewing the points of debate.

Besides the incumbent, President Hojjat al-Islam Hassan Rouhani, the five other aspirants for the president’s post are former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Seyyed Mostafa Aqa-Mir-Salim, Former Minister of Industries, Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, present Vice President, Es’haq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Custodian of Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine, Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Ibrahim Raisi.

Iranians will go to the polls on May 19 to elect the country’s next president.

On entering the headquarters of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in Tehran, President Rouhani was asked if he was ready, to which he responded, “We’re probably all ready that we have come [here].”

Morteza Heidari, the renowned Iranian television news host and presenter was the moderator of the debate.

Today’s debate focused on social issues while the next two will revolve around economic and political matters.

The candidates have drawn lots to determine their seating arrangement for the debate.

The debate began with Heidari outlining its format and regulations and how the time will be broken up between the candidates.

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