Iran presidential candidate Rezaei highlights economy’s effect on cultural situation
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.5/ Trend F.Eminli
Iran presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei emphasized the effect of economy on cultural situation of the country.
During the second presidential debate, Rezaei referred to economic sanctions and problems of the past as the main threats which have endangered even religion and culture of people.
He hinted at the devaluation of the national currency, rial, to a third during the past year.
According to the International Monetary Fund, Iran's economy decreased by 1.9 percent in 2012. The value of the country's current, the rial, also decreased by 40 percent in 2012. According to the Central Bank of Iran, the country's inflation was above 30 per cent in the previous year.
Another candidate Hassan Rohani said for his part that macro policies should be defined by the government, but responsibilities should be transferred to the public.
"If we want to remove corruption in the society, we should give freedom to media and publications. We should reinforce cultural foundations," he said.
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.