Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Asks for Massive Turnout in Upcoming Presidential Election
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Addressing a large and fervent congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Emami Kashani said passionate turnout of the Iranian nation at the presidential election would once more foil enemies’ conspiracies.
He also called on the nation to participate in the nationwide February 10 rallies, marking the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, and said such huge rallies would prove that the anti-Iran sanctions will fail to bring the Iranian nation to its knees.
Earlier this month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei rejected the western officials’ allegations about elections in Iran, saying that Iran has had the freest and fairest elections in the world all throughout the last 30 years after the Islamic Revolution (in 1979).
“It is evident and clear that elections should be free,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, and asked, “Were more than the 30 elections in the last three decades not free? In which country are elections freer than Iran?”
He also warned that enemies have hatched plots to hinder mass-participation of the Iranian nation in the upcoming presidential election, describing it as the “tangible” goal of the enemies.
In September, the Iranian interior ministry announced that the country will hold the next presidential election on June 14, 2013.
Also in December, the ministry said that it has a close watch on all activities related to the upcoming presidential election throughout the country.
“We are monitoring (election) activities in all provinces and it is our routine mission,” Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Ali Abdollahi told FNA at the time.
“No security problem has so far been reported to us regarding the 2013 presidential election,” he noted.
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