Iran’s president has angrily defended himself after coming under harsh attack during a presidential election debate
Rouhani made a point to target them during his televised Cabinet meeting, his tone moving between an angry attack to a mocking tone.
“In the debates, it was clarified that only the administration suffers from problems and the parts (of government) are blameless” Rouhani said, his remarks likely targeting hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, widely believed to be the contest’s front-runner.
Rouhani went on to criticize hard-liners on women’s rights and the censorship of the internet in Iran, two issues former Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati focused on Raisi during the three-hour debate. While Hemmati has tried to distance himself from Rouhani, he’s widely perceived as the candidate representing the president’s administration.
“Nobody dares to say that he supports blocking internet,” Rouhani mockingly said.
Rouhani went onto say that hard-liners, who for years criticized the nuclear deal, should be put on the spot about whether they want sanctions relief through a return to the accord.
“Say you do not want to return to the deal if you have such an idea,” he said. Raisi, a favorite of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday discussed the need to “remove oppressive sanctions,” suggesting he’d back returning to the nuclear deal
The election comes amid tensions with the West as negotiations continue to try and resuscitate the nuclear deal.
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