Rouhani to rally support of expatriates
Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani has sought to rally the support of expatriates by highlighting their role in the country’s growth and prosperity.
Rouhani made the remarks in a televised address to Iranians living abroad. He also described the rights of all Iranian people as his primary concern. The incumbent president says those who live abroad have similar rights as their fellow countrymen and women at home. He pledged to continue work for the enforcement of the citizens’ rights if re-elected for a second term in office.
Raeisi on campaign trail in Ilam
Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raeisi called for the formation of an anti-corruption system in the country. Raeisi made the comments while addressing his supporters in the western city of Ilam.
The candidate then renewed criticism of the incumbent government over its indifference to the status quo in underprivileged provinces, including Ilam. He stressed the need to improve tourism industry in areas that have the potential in that regard. He also pledged to give more autonomy to provincial authorities to run the affairs and raise money via local resources including oil and gas.
Jahangiri defends Rouhani administration in TV speech
Es'haq Jahangiri, who is the current first vice president and another contender in the election, in a televised speech defended the Rouhani administration's measures. Jahangiri also took the opportunity to take aim at the policies of the previous administration.
Qalibaf elaborates on his policies in TV interview
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf elaborated on his foreign and domestic policies during a televised interview. The following report takes a closer look at the nominee’s plans.
Mirsalim criticizes Rouhani administration
Presidential hopeful Mostafa Aqa Mirsalim accused authorities of being indifferent to the phenomenon of brain drain.
Aqa Mirsalim said Iran’s most important asset is its workforce, not oil or gas reserves. He then criticized the incumbent administration for pinning too much hope on the benefits of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, saying foreigners will never work in the interest of the Iranian nation. The presidential hopeful added that the policies of the present administration are not tolerable anymore as they are killing every opportunity at hand.