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Former Iranian parliament speaker and reformist presidential candidate, Mehdi Karroubi (L) and Iranian hardline president and presidential candidate, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) prepare for their live debate on state TV in Tehran on late June 6, 2009. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad clashed with reformist rival Mehdi Karroubi in a televised debate Saturday, defending his controversial economic policies and questioning the cleric’s integrity. Karroubi himself accused Ahmadinejad of dishonesty after the incumbent president painted a picture of the economy the cleric said was unreal. AFP PHOTO/MEHDI DEHGHAN (Photo credit should read MEHDI DEHGHAN/AFP/Getty Images)