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All six approved candidates in Iran's presidential election onstage in Tehran on May 5 for the second of the three live debates. The election is set for May 19.

Live Blog: Iran's Final Presidential Debate

* The six candidates approved for Iran's strictly vetted presidential ballot are appearing for the last of three live televised debates before the May 19 election. The topic is economics.

* Iranian President Hassan Rohani is seeking a second four-year term. His main challenges from the conservative side are expected to come from cleric Ebrahim Raisi and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. (Read profiles of the candidates.)

* The official campaign period ends on May 17, two days before voting in the first round of a possible two-round election. If no candidate gets more than half of the vote, the second round would be held on May 26.

* Official media put the number of eligible voters at around 55 million.

* In the first debate, the candidates clashed over Rohani's record on job creation. In the second debate, Rohani's conservative rivals accused him of having failed to "cash the check" from the 2015 deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Tehran (GMT +4 1/2)

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The debate’s moderator is well-known TV moderator Morteza Heidari, He also hosted the 2013 debates.

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No woman has ever been allowed to run. 137 registered to run in the May vote, all were disqualified, including activist and editor Azam Taleghani.

Read our profile of Taleghani who has already been rejected three times:

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The start of the debate has been delayed by 30 minutes. It will now begin at 4:30 p.m. local time, that's 12 p.m. GMT.

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Farzan Sabet, a nuclear security fellow at Stanford University and managing editor of a website,, has a look at the three main candidates:

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