Iran presidential candidates to join second live debate
Press TV – The six candidates contesting Iran’s presidential elections are to join their second live debate on state television ahead the May 19 race.
The session is to start at 16:30 local time (21:00 GMT) on Friday. It is to address “political-cultural” affairs.
The debate will gather incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, member of Iran’s Expediency Council Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the northeastern city of Mashhad and former vice president Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.
The previous debate, which took place last week, revolved around social issues.
In the latest campaign speeches on Thursday, Hashemi-Taba attended a televised program, saying he hoped the debates would “take a reformative form and feature mutual brain-picking.”
If the debates are to feature criticism of a given candidate, he said, they should also have him praised ...