May 12, 2017, 9:10 PM
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Iran presidential candidates debate economic issues

Tehran, May 12, IRNA – In the third and last group debate which was held on Friday just a week left to Iran’s presidential elections, the six candidates expressed their plans on economic challenges facing the country.

In the three-hour debate, carried live on state radio and television channels, the six presidential candidates answered questions about different economic issues including unemployment, inflation, exports, monthly cash subsidies and goods smuggling.

The first presidential debate was held two weeks ago with its main focus on social and economic issues and the second one held last Friday focused on political and cultural issues of the nation.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution which led to the fall of the Pahlavi regime, Iran has held one election each year on average, all of which have witnessed large turnout of the people.

Over 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in Iran's 12th presidential elections to be held on May 19, according to Ali Asghar Ahmadi, head of the Election Headquarters of the Interior Ministry.