Two Iranian presidential candidates start media campaigns

Photo: Two Iranian presidential candidates start media campaigns / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, May.24/ Trend F.Karimov, S. Isayev/

Mohsen Rezaei and Mohammad Gharazi, two of candidates for Iran presidential election, have started their TV and radio campaign programs for introducing their plans and objectives, ISNA reported.

The programs will be recorded and broadcasted. This is for the second time Iranian presidential candidates are holding debates and introducing their plans through the mass media.

On May 7, the head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB or the national Iranian TV and radio organization), Ezzatollah Zarghami said that ach of the presidential candidates will be provided with 10 hours of time.

Each of the candidates will be provided 6 hours in the national TV and 4 hours on the national radio, he said.

Each candidate would be allowed to have two 30-minute autobiography films to be broadcasted on Iran's "Kanal 1" channel.

On country's "Kanal 2" channel, each candidate would also be allowed to have a 45-minute dialogue on a news programme.

"Kanal 3" would allow each candidate to have a 1-hour q&a session (questions and answers) with the audience. "JameJam" tv channel can also be used for q&a for 1 hour, for each candidate.

Iran's "Kanal 4" can be used by each candidate for having a round-table with experts for 45 minutes each.

Mohsen Rezaei is the former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the current Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council.

Rezaei has repeatedly said in his speeches that he will improve the economic situation in Iran and will lead the country to prosperity. He said that he knows a way to solve the country's problems and will be able to address them.

Mohammad Gharazi was Minister of Communication during the presidency of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, but Minister of Oil when Mir Hossein Mousavi was Prime Minister. He has not participated in the political processes for a long time.

Gharazi has said "I have no money, campaign staff, press secretary, but I have a program to solve the problems of inflation in the country."

Iran will hold the 11th presidential election on June 14, 2013.

The voters will select the successor of the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third term according to the country's constitutional laws.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.

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