Iranian Presidential Candidates Hold First TV Debate


Iranian Presidential Candidates Hold First TV Debate

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The first nationally televised debate in the race for the Iranian presidency was held on Monday night in a four-hour-long exchange in which all candidates discussed economic issues.

There are officially six candidates in the race for the highest executive post in Iran.

The candidates were allotted equal minutes of speaking time each. They outlined their plans for dealing with the country’s major economic problems once in office.

The candidates have been singled out by the Constitutional Council from 80 applicants seeking the presidency.

The six candidates are Saeed Jalili, Alireza Zakani, Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, and Masoud Pezeshkian.

The election campaign period began on June 9 and will run until June 26, while the nationwide presidential election will be held on Friday, June 28.

The new administration, the 14th one after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, will assume power in late June or early July and hold office for four years.

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage crashed in northwestern mountainous forests on May 19, killing the president, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and six others.

According to the Constitution, First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber has taken the helm as the acting president at the discretion of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei until the election of a new president.

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