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Rouhani defends his job performance in campaign rally

A day after Friday’s blistering presidential debate, the presidential contenders continue with their campaigns in the last week leading to the election. Iran’s incumbent president Hassan Rouhani who is seeking re-election has defended his job performance over the past four years during a rally in the capital Tehran.

Rouhani says his government’s measures and policies did not give the country’s enemies the chance to take advantage of the opportunities they had been given in the past. He defended the striking of the nuclear deal with the p-five-plus one group. Rouhani, however, said he is not satisfied with the removal of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran adding that ALL anti-Iran sanctions must be lifted. The presidential candidate pledged to spare no effort to address the country’s existing issues if re-elected.

Hashemitaba says he will vote for Rouhani

Iranian presidential candidate Mostafa Hashemitaba in surprising comments says he will vote for incumbent President Hassan Rouhani in the upcoming election.

Hashemitaba referred to unofficial polls to conclude that Rouhani has more chances of winning the race and therefore he wants to strengthen the incumbent president's standing. Hashemitaba stressed that the continuity of the policies of the current administration is in favor of everyone. The presidential nominee, however, noted that he will not withdraw from the race.

Raeisi levels harsh criticism against government

Presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raeisi has leveled harsh criticism against the government. He made the remarks during a campaign rally in Shahr-e-Kord amid cheers from his supporters.

Raeisi said the incumbent president must answer for his actions in the past four years rather than making accusations against other presidential candidates. He also criticized what he described as the current administration’s reliance on foreigners. The presidential candidate noted that this approach has resulted in the closure of factories and has increased the unemployment rate. He promised to solve the economic woes. The presidential nominee pledged to make the voices of workers, farmers and people from the lower-deciles of the society heard.