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Iran presidential candidates debate freedoms, women rights

Eight presidential candidates running in Iran's June 14 elections are taking radically different stands on personal freedoms, women's rights and censorship in the country's second round of televised debates, with moderates vowing to loosen restrictions and hard-liners backing strong state intervention in people' lives.

Centrist Hasan Rowhani says he will form a women's affairs ministry if elected but Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, says the best job for women is to be a mother.

The four-hour debate on Wednesday tackled cultural issues. A previous round covered the economy and an upcoming round is on foreign policy and security.

The election looks for a successor to outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.