Party leader wants debates among candidates’ representatives

TEHRAN, May 29 (MNA) - Mohammad-Bagher Nobakht stated on Friday that holding televised debates among candidates’ representatives, who are usually experts on issues they discuss, is necessary.

Talking to the Mehr News Agency, he said debates between candidates are not enough; adding debates between candidates’ representatives can increase the electorates’ awareness of the issues related to the presidential election.


The Moderation and Development Party chief noted that the debates on TV will cast light on the candidates’ stances. Moderation and Development Party announced support for former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi on May 9.


Mousavi will definitely win first round: IRMO chief  


Mohammad Salamati stated on Friday that he has no doubt that Mousavi will win the polls on June 12 and there will be no runoff. He said that Mousavi’s candidacy has been warmly welcomed by people in the provincial tours. He noted if the elections are held today Mousavi will gain about 60% of the votes.


Talking to the MNA, the secretary general of the reformist Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization (IRMO) also pushed for debates between candidates’ representatives. He said it would lead to a professional elaboration of candidates’ views, plans, and policies. He asked the IRIB to go ahead with holding such debates.


Ahmadinejad ally claims Rafsanjani is behind three other candidates


Presidential aide Mohammad-Ali Ramin claimed on Thursday that Hashemi Rafsanjani has encouraged Karroubi, Mousavi and Rezaii to enter the presidential race with the aim of defeating the incumbent President Ahmadinejad or at least reduce the number of his votes.


Talking in Mashhad, he also claimed that Rafsanjani decides how the three candidates “behave and act”. The secretary general of the International Institute for Holocaust Research went on to say that so far Rafsanjani has directed policies in both principlist and reformist fronts.


Ramin said Rafsanjani wanted more principlist figures to enter the fray but he didn’t succeed due to principlists’ vigilance.







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