News ID: 313735
Published: 0302 GMT June 08, 2021

‘Social, political, cultural’ issues second presidential debate’s main focus

‘Social, political, cultural’ issues second presidential debate’s main focus

The second debate of candidates for the 13th presidential election was held at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), with a focus on cultural, social, and political issues.

All seven candidates answered “cultural, social and political” questions in the debate and presented their programs, Mehr News Agency reported.

Despite the fact that the main focus of the second debate was supposed to be cultural, social and political issues, the candidates talked more about economic issues.

Allotted equal speaking time, the candidates counted on their experiences and foresight to elaborate on their strategies in the debate, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The seven candidates in the race for the highest executive post in Iran, selected by the Constitutional Council, are Saeed Jalili, Mohsen Rezaei, Ebrahim Raeisi, Alireza Zakani, Seyyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, Mohsen Mehralizadeh, and Abdolnaser Hemmati.

During the first debate on Saturday, the candidates outlined their plans to address major economic issues. Essentially, they grouped into two opposite camps and offered two divergent visions of governance.

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

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

The campaigning is slated to continue until June 16, after which the candidates will observe a day of pre-election silence.

This year, the candidates have been using state media and online social media platforms for campaigning, as the health protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic have forbidden large gatherings.



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