IRNA – The first group debate of Iranian presidential candidates took place on April 28. Candidates had equal time to discuss their viewpoints, answer questions and detail on their programs.
The most important points discussed are as follow:
*** Mostafa Hashemi-Taba (70, a vice president under former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former Minister of Industries, and the former head of the Sports Organization):
1. Safeguarding the Islamic Republic should be among people’s major priorities.
2. Iran is suffering from serious environmental crisis.
3. Today we need to heed our youths’ capabilities.
4. Employment is more important than housing.
*** Es’haq Jahangiri(60, current first vice president to Rouhani, a former minister of mines, a former governor of Isfahan, and a former parliamentarian):
1. Emigration to big cities is a major problem.
2. Social justice is not limited to economy; educational, political, geographical and judicial justice is also important.
3. Employment is of most important needs.
*** Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim (70, current head of the Islamic Coalition Party’s Central Council, a principalist politician and engineer, a former Minister Of Culture and Islamic Guidance, a former advisor to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, then president)
1. We need to nurture employment so that people can make a better living.
2. We must seek help from the Iranian diasporas for introducing our multimillennial culture and civilization to the world.
3. We need to have logical collaboration with other countries, not in a position of weakness, but in an equal position.
4. The antiterrorism measures taken inside the country, resulting in the security we have today, if not one of a kind, are very few and far between.
*** Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf (56, current mayor of Tehran, former commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Air Force, ex-Chief of the National Police, and former Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbya Air Defense Base):
1. Social and economic justice must materialize through paying careful attention to unemployment.
2. Hope and youthfulness should be created in the society.
3. Particle pollution is a problem in 20 provinces.
*** Ebrahim Raeisi (57, current custodian of Razavi Holy Shrine, former head of Supervisory Council at Radio and Television (Seda-Sima), country’s prosecutor general, general prosecutor for clerics, member of association of combatant clerics in Tehran and presiding member of assembly of experts):
1. Social justice is a high goal of the system; class distinctions should lessen.
2. Empowering the youth so that they can provide their own housing and renew old accommodations.
3. The youth should be helped through receiving loans to provide housing for marriage.
*** Hassan Rouhani (69, current Iranian president, a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts, former Iranian parliamentarian and former head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council):
1. Unemployment and lack of a decent earning are two important reasons of people’s emigration to big cities.
2. Creating hope for the future and employment are among the most important measures that should be taken to facilitate the youth’s marriage.