Iran Continues to Campaign for Presidential Elections

The six candidates in the race for the presidency of Iran are Masud Pezeshkian, Mostafa Purmohamadi, Said Yalili, Alireza Zakani, Amirhosein Qazizade Hashemi and Mohamad Baqer Qalibaf.

The electoral campaign in Iran for the presidential elections of 28 June continues with the participation of six candidates, who set out their programs and policies.

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In this context, the first televised presidential debate of the June 28 presidential elections in Iran began on Friday, with the six candidates meeting to discuss their plans to reactivate the economy.

The candidates will participate in five televised debates held by the Islamic Republic of Iran Radio and Television Organization (IRIB).

During the televised debate, the candidates will answer questions and explain their electoral programs and solutions to the country’s problems.

Previously, during the Political Round Table program on Iranian television, candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the current speaker of the Parliament, mentioned that confronting sanctions against Iran is among its main objectives.

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Qalibaf stressed the importance of cooperation with Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Central Asia, also mentioned the need to train diplomats and unite the revolutionary front before the elections.

Meanwhile, Saeed Jalili, former nuclear negotiator and head of the Supreme National Security Council, underlined the essence of his campaign slogan «A world of opportunities, a mega leap for Iran» and stressed the need to capitalize on global opportunities, and address threats through collaboration with other nations.

Jalili also mentioned the failure of Washington’s policy of maximum pressure against Iran.

Moreover, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, president of the Iranian parliament, highlighted a few days ago the challenges and pressures facing the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and acknowledged that the nation in the geopolitical sphere has risen to a prominent position.

Qalibaf described the possible strategy of his future government to counter Western sanctions against the Islamic Republic and protect Iranian interests.

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Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who held ministerial portfolios in different administrations, emphasized that a nation capable of securing its borders effectively can achieve success on the international stage.

Pourmohammadi stressed the importance of strategic action in the region through partnerships and the deployment of experienced diplomats and experts committed to national interests.

Likewise, Alireza Zakani, mayor of Tehran, emphasized a strategy oriented to ideas and rooted in dignity.

Zakani mentioned the importance of foreign policy in government priorities and added, In today’s global landscape, it is imperative to forge a distinctive position. My main objective in foreign policy is to defend human dignity and promote happiness».

Seyyed Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, a former parliamentarian who now heads the organization that oversees the families of veterans and martyrs, mentioned its alignment with the approach of the late President Ebrahim Raisi.

Ghazizadeh Hashemi emphasized the need to prioritize the strategic perspective towards the East and foster neighborly relations in Iran’s foreign policy agenda.

On the other hand, according to a poll released by PressTV, there are three candidates who are technically tied in the voting preference of voters.

These three candidates to succeed Raisi are Pourmohammadi with 8.37%, Jalili with the same percentage, while Qalibaf maintains a slight advantage with 8.47%.