The first live televised debate between Iran's eight presidential candidates ended after more than three hours. The candidates talked about how to reduce Iran's dependence on oil revenue, and also how to resolve issues such as inflation and unemployment. They often expressed similar views or failed to offer concrete measures. The second part of the debate looked more like a TV comedy after candidates started arguing with the presenter over the short questions and answers format. Several Iranians inside the country said they believe the debate failed to generate enthusiasm among voters -- unlike the 2009 presidential debates. The candidates will participate in two more live debates in which they will explain their cultural and political policies.
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The backlash from a couple of the candidates was interesting. One of our Radio Farda journalists notes that Aref -- with the support of two other candidates -- complained that answering questions at a lectern did not qualify as "debate." Indeed, the debate participants could not challenge one another at all.
It's been more than three hours, I need to step away. Will try to do a wrap later.
Gharazi talks about nutrition and obesity in Iran.
Next picture: hospital, patient being removed apparently after surgery. Candidates talk about the need to improve health care.
Rohani: why there are so many problems for sea transports because of sanctions. Next government should find a solution.