1244 GMT June 15, 2021
On May 26, Iran’s Interior Ministry announced the names of the seven candidates approved by the country’s top vetting body, the Constitutional Council, to run for president in the June 18 election.
What follows is a brief account of the candidates’ latest remarks:
Jalili stresses expanding petrochemical products
Saeed Jalili, a principlist candidate, pointed to the petrochemical products in the country, saying that the development of the petrochemical market is one of his administration’s plans if the people elect him as the president.
Referring to the $135b market of the downstream petrochemical products in the region, Jalili said on Sunday that if Iran manages to achieve only 10% of the market in the West Asia region, it will earn about $15 billion, Iran Press reported.
The candidate for Iran's 13th presidential election also said that a president should be able to improve coordination between the monetary and capital markets as well as the country’s insurance system, noting that his administration will implement a plan for this issue, according to IRNA.
Mehralizadeh says he will try to keep JCPOA alive
Reformist candidate Mohsen Mehralizadeh described the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a document of honor for the country's diplomatic apparatus in recent decades, Iran Press reported.
In a Monday press conference, Mehralizadeh stressed that he would try to keep the JCPOA alive if elected president.
Mehralizadeh also pointed to the importance of election for Iran and emphasized the presence of the people in the elections can further preserve the republican aspect of the establishment.
He also stressed that the country’s priority is the people’s livelihood and economy and urged people to choose someone who works properly to fulfill these issues.
Rezaei says he will employ competent figures in his administration
Principlist presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei said his administration would be run by competent figures.
After recording an election campaign program at Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on Sunday, Rezaei told reporters that any competent figure from different political groups and ethnicities would play a role in his administration if elected president.
He underlined that qualified people in the current administration, previous administration, and the youth would be used in his administration to play a role in the country's development.
He also spoke about the proper management of the production of petrochemical and steel raw materials in the country, saying, "The raw materials that are now produced in Iran must first enter the domestic market and in the next step, the final products must be exported."
Raeisi: Next president should solve youths' housing, marriage problems
Principlist presidential candidate Ebrahim Raeisi in an interview with IRIB’s Channel Four said that next president should solve the problem of housing and marriage for young people, IRNA reported.
He underlined that it is possible to reduce the cost of marriage and solve these problems in the country.
Zakani: Vacant capacity in polymer production can create two million jobs
Alireza Zakani, another presidential candidate, said that there is 8.1 million tons of vacant capacity in the polymer production in the country, which can create two million jobs in two years.
He told reporters on Monday that the country’s polymer sector needs new equipment and technology to be renovated.
Zakani underlined that the country can follow a path not dependent on oil.