Televised Presidential Debates Fire Up Iranians

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Presidential-Elections-1A week before the Iranian presidential elections, the official media shows enthusiasm to promote the candidates for the Iranian elections through televised debates.

These debates usually last four hours and include questions posed by experts in all fields as well as

questions asked by citizens.

The most distinguished part of the debates is the dialogue that takes place between the eight candidates with questions they pose to each other, and every candidate responds to other candidates' questions in political, economic, and social issues.

The significance of such debates and its effect on the Iranian people was manifested by the 45 million viewers watching these televised debates. Also, this number doesn't include the number listening to debates on the radio.

Moreover, the three debates so far released the presidential race from the monotonousness of exclusive interviews, speeches, and slogans.

The latest debate on Friday was the most interesting and revealing since it tackled sensitive issues, chiefly the nuclear file, the impact of the international sanctions on Iran due to this program, and how Iran and countries abroad treat it.

The most fiery debate of them all was between the former head of Iran's nuclear negotiating team Sheikh Hassan Rouhani and the current head Said Jalili. They both agreed on a common point of Iran's right to Uranium enrichment. The disagreement, however, was how to manage the file.

This disagreement brought about debate, since the nuclear file will form the most important challenge for any of the eight candidates. Everyone gave his vision and insight on this note, where the common aim was to lessen sanctions because of its pivotal relation to the internal economy.

On this note, the Iranian people demanded more debates, and a fourth debate is likely to take place to deliberate more topics, seeing how it helps the voter determine his choices and helps people who haven't decided to participate to vote.

All political directions are represented in the eight candidates from the far left to the far right, with an independent bloc that does not weigh much but represents a social group that wants its voice to be heard, away from conventional political groups.

It is noteworthy to mention that the Iranian law regulates the promotional process by giving the candidates the right to benefit from the official media.

Every candidate is allowed to have 11 hours for two weeks of aired promotions divided among the candidates through a coin toss. Candidates are also allowed documentaries produced by directors from the candidate's private sectors, revealing about their lives.

This would give the citizen a broad knowledge on the candidates' programs in order for him to choose the best to be the seventh President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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