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Live Blog: Presidential Debate In Iran, Round Two

"Persian Letters" blogger Golnaz Esfandiari and RFE/RL editors live-blogged as Iran's eight presidential candidates debated social issues on June 5, in the second of three televised preelection debates. The first debate had focused on the economy but was roundly criticized, even by the candidates themselves, as political pabulum. Make up your own mind as to whether the second installment was any better.


Presidential candidates pose for a group photo after their first live debate on state TV, in Tehran on May 31.
11:13 5.6.2013
Iran's eight presidential candidates will today participate in their second live televised debate. The last debate ended in a fiasco after candidates criticized the format and said it was demeaning. The topic of the last debate was Iran's ailing economy, Today candidates are set to discuss their cultural policies.
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The debate will start at 4:00PM Tehran time, 7:30AM EST.
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Here we go.
11:34 5.6.2013
Presenter: today we will discuss cultural and social issues.
11:36 5.6.2013
Presenter: I will invite the candidates randomly to take to the podium and answer questions. They will have 4 minutes.
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Other candidates will then have time to react.
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Mohsen Rezai is first.
11:37 5.6.2013
Rezai has four minutes to explain his cultural and social policies.

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