Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is accusing his election rivals
of lying about the state of the economy to try to win votes ahead of
At a final campaign rally in Tehran Wednesday, Mr. Ahmadinejad told supporters that he will overcome what he calls lies and insults from his presidential challengers.
The three other candidates have also accused Mr. Ahmadinejad of misleading the Iranian people about the economy. They blame his government for Iran's high inflation and unemployment.
Mr. Ahmadinejad's aides say he will respond to his rivals' allegations in a special message on state television. Iran's state broadcaster says it has not yet made a decision on giving the conservative incumbent air time.
Campaigning for Iran's election is due to end Thursday morning, 24 hours before polls are due to open.
The incumbent's main challenger is reformist former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi. The two other candidates are reformist cleric Mehdi Karroubi and conservative former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezaei.