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Iran presidential candidates hold second live face-off

The six candidates contesting the 12th Iranian presidential election faced off in the second live televised debate today on Friday, May 5 at the headquarters of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

During the debate on Friday, the candidates elaborated on their plans and agendas as they campaign for the May 19 nationwide vote.

On arrival at IRIB, the incumbent, President, Hassan Rouhani, who is running for a second term, said debates in principle aim to acquaint the nation with the thoughts and agendas of the candidates.

The previous debate, which took place last week, revolved around social issues.

 

The debate gathered Rouhani, First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, member of Iran’s Expediency Council Seyyed Mostafa Aqa-Mir-Salim, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeesi, the custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and former vice president Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

Lots were drawn to determine the seating arrangement of the hopefuls.

Morteza Heidari, as in the first round, was the moderator today. Heidari laid out the format of the debate and read out a statement by the election monitoring committee, asking the candidates to observe the rules and regulations of the debate.

Scientific progress

Qalibaf was drawn first to answer a question about scientific progress in the country and his plans to boost it. He said cultural issues are the root of economic issues in the country, suggesting the current officials in the education ministry haven’t satisfactorily fulfilled their responsibilities.

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