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May 31, 2021

Ghazizadeh Documentary Airs

The first of three documentaries produced for Amir-Hossein Ghzaizadeh Hashemi’s campaign aired tonight on national television. In the film, Ghazizadeh promotes his plans for Iran, “a government of peace”, as well as his image, introducing his family life. The film drew criticism online, with many Iranians calling the production derivative of the work of Iranian director Iraj Maleki. Another scene where Ghazizadeh spreads out a dining cloth (sofreh) over a carpet has been compared to the family garden scene in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2005 campaign documentary. Each candidate has been allocated airtime and resources to produce three half-hour campaign documentaries.

May 31, 2021

Raisi: Free Internet for Low Income Earners

Ebrahim Raisi has called for free internet for low income earners. Raisi described internet access as a “right”, saying that it was integral to education, the economy and research in general. Raisi added that the internet offered opportunities in employment, and therefore should be provided to low income earners.

Read more at Tasnim

May 31, 2021

Jalili and Zakani Both Talk Tough on Smuggling

Saeed Jalili started the day talking about his plans to tackle smuggling, saying that the practice, which is harmful to the country, is not limited to smugglers at the border, but rather his government will have to tackle the issue of a larger mafia which includes corruption of officials. Later that afternoon, Ali-Reza Zakani added his thoughts on the issue, saying “we have to eliminate profitability of smuggling by regulating the market, dealing with the causes of smuggling while also hunting those involved”.

Watch Saeed Jalili’s comments at Mashregh
Read Ali-Reza Zakani’s comments at Mehr

May 31, 2021

Rezaei attacks Hemmati and Raisi

Mohsen Rezaei took aim at Abdol-Naser Hemmati’s record as Governor of the Central Bank in an interview today. Rezaei, who is putting himself forward as an expert on economy, saying that Hemmati has abandoned control over liquidity during his term as Governor, and allowed inflation to get out of control. Rezaei also made a reference to the protection of Ebrahim Raisi, mentioning comments by the Tehran Prosecutor that criticism of the judiciary by the candidates constitutes a red line. Reformist candidate Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh also criticised the red line issue, saying that Raisi should have resigned as Chief Justice by now and implying he was using his position to deflect criticism.

Read and watch Rezaei’s interview at Tasnim
Read Mehr-Alizadeh’s Tweet on Twitter

May 31, 2021

Disputed Dates of Presidential Debates

A spokesman for the Presidential Election Headquarters announced that the dates of the Presidential candidates’ debates (June 7, 11 and 15) will have to move as they coincide with World Cup Qualifiers for the Iranian national football team. In order to get the maximum audience, the debates will be held on different nights, to be announced soon, but more likely they will be held the night before or after the football matches. However, later in the day, the Director of the IRIB, the national broadcaster, said that the dates and times are definite and will not change, and the times will not conflict with the football matches.

Read about the Election Headquarters’ Statement at ISNA.
Read about the IRIB statement at IRNA

May 31, 2021

Fingerprinting Banned on Election Day

The Ministry of Health released a new health protocol today in which they banned the practice of fingerprinting voters on election day. In addition to enforcing social distancing at election booths, voters are also encouraged to bring their own pen when voting.

Read more at Entekhab

May 30, 2021

Hemmati Dismissed as Governor of Central Bank

Abdul-Nasser Hemmati has been dismissed as Governor of the Central Bank of Iran. Speculation about his dismissal had been circulating for several days, and was implied by Hemmati himself during a Clubhouse appearance on Saturday night, with rumours that President Hassan Rouhani was not satisfied that Hemmati could fulfill the role while pursuing Presidential candidacy.

Read more at Tejarat

May 30, 2021

Rezaei: I Will Make the Rial the Strongest Currency in the Region.

Mohsen Rezaei outlined his plan to improve the Iranian economy in his slated air time on Iranian television. Rezaei said he will make the Rial the strongest currency in the region after the US Dollar and the Euro, and added that he had been in consultations with experts on the best way to devalue the currency and then move forward.

Watch Rezaei’s address at Khabaronline

May 30, 2021

Ghazizadeh: I Will Give Each Iranian a $70 Food Package

In a different approach to promises of subsidies, Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi said he will provide each Iranian with a 300,000 toman food package ($70 US) in the interest of public health. Ghazizadeh said his first priority was economic stability alongside dealing with the housing shortage in Iran.

Read more at IRNA

May 30, 2021

Raisi Visits Abbasabad Industrial Park

Ebrahim Raisi visited the Abbasabad Industrial Park to meet with workers and owners. Raisi said his government would be a coalition government that will include both workers and owners, bridging the industrial divide in order to fulfill his slogan, a “Strong Iran”. Speaking in military terminology, Raisi described workers and owners as soldiers and officers fighting the economic battles for Iran.

Read more at Tasnim