Millions of Iranian people on Friday watched and listened to the first live presidential debate between the six candidates ahead of the May 19 votes.
The conservative presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf lashed out at the government of Hassan Rouhani for its weak performance, mismanagement, and dishonesty.
In a clear clash with conservative presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Es’haq Jahangiri said he is representing the reformist movement, which has been marginalized in the past years, and he has all the right to defend their rights.
Ebrahim Raisi, one of the six presidential candidates, promised in the first presidential debate to triple the amount of cash handouts given to the poorer strata of the Iranian society, but his idea was challenged by the others.
The six candidates have started the first presidential debate and explained their plans to prevent residents of villages and small cities from migrating to big cities.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his condolences over the deaths of Iranian border guards killed in a clash with outlaws near the Pakistani border, and promised to pursue the punishment of the terrorists.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister declared that Iranians residing in 103 foreign countries can cast their ballots in special voting stations in upcoming presidential elections.
Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has advised presidential candidates against eyeing foreign assistance to enable the country’s development.
Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi says it is not possible for him to financially support his campaign headquarters, urging that maximum care should be taken in the management of the HQ’s monetary affairs to avoid extravagance.
Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a statement that he will not support any of the six candidates qualified to run in Iran’s upcoming presidential election.