Iran’s presidential candidates debate key issues, put blame on outgoing Rouhani

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Iran’s presidential candidates debate key issues, put blame on outgoing Rouhani
7 contenders in June 18 election focus their attention on departing leader in 3-hour televised debate
By Amir Vahdat

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s seven presidential candidates on Tuesday put all the problems of the Islamic Republic squarely on the shoulders of the one man who wasn’t there to defend himself: Outgoing President Hassan Rouhani. After a raucous first debate, the aspirants in the three-hour televised debate focused their attention on Rouhani and mocked his administration’s “hope” campaign that surrounded its now-tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. That allowed candidates to link former Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati to Rouhani while allowing hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, believed to be the race’s front-runner, to largely escape criticism. “They have mobilized sun and moon and the heavens to make some particular individual become president,” said Mohsen Mehralizadeh, the sole reformist approved for the election, referring to Raisi.

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