Iran’s Election: Debate Turns Ugly — Is Rouhani in Trouble?

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AFP and Reuters

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-05-13

President Hassan Rouhani cast his hardline clerical opponents as power-hungry pawns of Iran’s security forces on Friday, in a blistering final TV debate a week before an election.

Rouhani, first elected in a landslide four years ago on a promise to reduce Iran’s international isolation, is trying to hold on to office by firing up reformist voters disillusioned by a stalled economy and the slow pace of social reform.

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Although he has long cast himself as an insider and pragmatist rather than a gung-ho reformer, he seems to have shed that moderate image in recent days, seeking to energise voters who want less confrontation abroad and more freedom at home.

In three hours of blazing exchanges with his rivals, he took on targets once seen as all but untouchable, including the judicial establishment and the Revolutionary Guards, the…

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