'Social, political' issues 2nd presidential debate main focus

TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) – The 2nd debate of candidates for the 13th presidential election (Iran 2021 Presidential Election) was held at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) with the focus on cultural, social, and political issues.

All seven candidates answered "cultural, social and political" questions in the debate and presented their programs in the mentioned fields.

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

In the debate, all the candidates also stressed the need to lift US oppressive sanctions against the country.

The seven candidates for Iran 2021 Presidential Election include as follows; Alireza Zakani, Mohsen Rezaei Mir-Ghaed, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Saeed Jalili, Abdolnaser Hemmati, Mohsen Mehralizadeh, and Seyyed Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi.

The first round of debates was held on Saturday. The first debate was mainly focused on the subject of the economy.

During the first debate, the five candidates associated with the Principlist camp attacked the eight-year performance of outgoing President Hassan Rouhani, a Moderate close to the Reformist camp.

In turn, the two other candidates, known as Reformists, pointed the finger of blame at the Principlists for worsening the country’s economic problems by heightening tensions with the West.

The seven-man presidential race will take place on June 18. 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 outbreak have forbidden large gatherings.

The third televised debate of the presidential candidates will be held on Saturday, June 12th.

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