Iran’s Presidential Candidates Pull Out All Stops In Final Debate

Iran’s Presidential Candidates Pull Out All Stops In Final Debate

Candidates spent more time discussing Iran’s nuclear deal in the third debate, as another round to restore accord begins in Vienna.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • The seven men – five conservatives and hardliners, a moderate and a reformist – leveraged the slightly improved “debate” format to speak more directly and at length about the corruption and misguided management that they believe has led the country astray.
  • The upcoming elections are expected to be characterized by low turnout amid public disillusionment. Some polls put turnout below 40 percent, which would be the lowest since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
  • The much-criticized debates are also unlikely to generate much public excitement as polls suggest less than four in 10 Iranians watched the previous two.

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