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06/05/09

Iran Elections: Mousavi, Rezaei debate on economy amid crisis

Source: Press TV

At a time of global financial meltdown, economy tops Iranian presidential hopefuls Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mohsen Rezaei's debate.

Mousavi and Rezaei held the third of the six live televised debates on Thursday, during which they exchanged their plans for better management of the country.

The two exchanged their own ideas on Article 44 of the Constitution, which allows investment by foreign companies in the country.

Rezaei said Article 44 could help boost the economy, stating that the government should not focus on state economy as done before.

Mousavi said the article could benefit the economy, provided that the government implements it within a defined framework, adding that he entered the race to make reforms in politics, economy and civil liberties and to curb inflation.

If elected, Mousavi said, he would take advantage of both the young and the experienced generation to run the country, while Rezaei said his government would most enjoy the presence of the youth.

Mousavi also vowed to use the oil industry as a vehicle in his government to rev up other sections as opposed to using it merely as a core source of income. He also said that his opponents would be welcome in his government.

Rezaei also promised to revive economy, culture and politics, and brought into attention his earlier idea of forming a coalition government, which excludes partisanship.

He said it was time to change the management patterns of the country and to combat poverty and unemployment.

Iran will hold its 10th presidential elections on June 12 with four candidates vying for the support of the population, namely incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the country's last prime minister, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, former Majlis speaker Mehdi Karroubi and the former IRGC chief, Mohsen Rezaei.

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