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Mousavi says Ahmadinejad twists truth; Ahmadinejad says he speaks Azari

Source: Press TV

The fifth presidential debate has seen presidential hopeful, Mir-Hossein Mousavi accusing the incumbent president of lying to the nation on the economic situation.

Mir Hossein Mousavi
at a campaign rally in Karaj

"Why should we lie to the people and tell them that they have no problems at all," Mousavi said during a debate featuring him and reformist figure and former Parliament (Majlis) speaker Mehdi Karroubi.

Speaking on state television, Mousavi presented viewers with charts, which he said countered President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claims, which pinned the country's inflation rate at 16.55%.

Mousavi showed a central bank chart that indicated the inflation rate was 25.4%.

During a debate on Saturday, President Ahmadinejad said that his administration had lowered the rate of inflation to 15%.

"We have witnessed a surprising phenomenon (where Ahmadinejad) says black is white (deliberately twists the truth) and that two times two makes not four but 10," Mousavi said.

"Why should we lie to the people and tell them that they have no problems at all," he added.

He continued that he only joined the race in protest to Ahmadinejad's policies, which "has dragged the country to a point that it is full of contradictions."

Mir Hossein Mousavi
at a campaign rally in Karaj

With less than a week to the elections, the presidential campaign has come to be almost defined by personal attacks among candidates after Ahmadinejad broke a well known taboo in Iranian politics.

During his debate with Mousavi, he openly labeled former presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami as corrupt, accusing them of slander and in the case of Rafsanjani and former Majlis speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, he added the charge of large-scale financial corruption.

A supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi,

Mousavi hit back at the allegations by saying that the president can run the country in two different ways; through adventurism, instability, grandstanding, heroic sloganeering, illusions, superficiality and a disregard for law; or through rationality and expertise.

The naming and shaming prompted the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to call on the contenders to refrain from "negating" each other.

"One doesn't like to see a nominee, for the sake of proving himself, seeking to negate somebody else," the Leader said in a speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of the late Imam Khomeini, the Founder of the Islamic Republic.

"I have no problem with debate, dialogue and criticism but these debates must take place within a religious framework," he added.

Ahmadinejad says he speaks Azari

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has the honor to fluently speak the Azari language with Azari-speaking Iranians in different parts of the country.

"During my eight-year mission in Ardebil province, I learnt one of the best and most complete languages -- Azari -- and can easily speak it," Ahmadinejad said in an address to people of the northwestern city of Tabriz on Sunday.

at a campaign rally in Tabriz

His remarks come as presidential campaigns in Iran are in full gear ahead of the June 12 polls.

He also criticized those who sacrificed the Islamic Revolution as well as the Iranian nation for their own interests.

"We shoulder the responsibility of moving forward with the development of Iran and believe that this improvement should be made on a just basis," said the president.

"Certain extremists and selfish individuals insult the Iranian people while justice is supposed to be established and the national wealth distributed equally among the nation," he added.

at a campaign rally in Tabriz

Ahmadinejad, who seeks re-election, defended the foreign policy of his government.

"I will act as the symbol of power and bravery of the Iranian nation against bullying powers. I will never bow to the enemy not even one iota," he said.

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