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Monday, 07 Jun 2021 10:53 

Es’haq Jahangiri, Iran’s vice president has slammed the June 5 debate among presidential candidates for what he called was partiality against the government and demanded airtime on State TV to set the record straight.

In a series of tweets Monday, Jahangiri said while five hardliner candidates attacked Rouhani’s administration for current economic difficulties, they did not say who was responsible for bringing on international sanctions against Iran from 2006-2010. They also failed to mention the damage from sanctions imposed by the Trump administration in 2018 and blamed Rouhani for high inflation, a huge budget deficit and a deep recession.

Jahangiri was referring to United Nations sanctions that demanded Iran suspend some nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment, and curtail its missile program. The sanctions included gradually tightening economic measures and an arms embargo. Iran was defiant and refused to comply.

The debate Jahangiri criticized was designed to ask prep-prepared questions by the State TV controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which made no reference to US sanctions, Iran’s nuclear program or the Covid-19 pandemic that also negatively impacted the economy.

The election watchdog, also controlled by Khamenei, allowed seven candidates to satnd for the controversial June 18 vote. Five of the candidates are hardliners and one of them, Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raeesi (Raisi) is expected to win. Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former parliament speaker Ali Larijani were disqualified. Jahangir also registered but was not approved by the Council.

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