Iran Presidential Debate Sparks Controversy (VIDEO)

07/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Iran's televised presidential debate Wednesday between incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and leading contender Mir Hussein Mousavi sparked a controversy when Ahmadinejad leveled corruption charges against a number of his critics, the Guardian reports.

Apparently trailing in the opinion polls, Ahmadinejad attempted to link Mousavi - the main reformist candidate - to the past governments of Rafsanjani and the reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatam, which he said had been guilty of widespread graft. Among others, he singled out Rafsanjani's sons as well as Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, the current head of the supreme leader's inspectorate.

According to the Guardian, Ahmadinejad's accusations crossed the line to the point where even his supporter, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, spoke out against him.


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