During the meeting with Chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei hailed public turnout in the recent elections and dubbed it as illustration of nation’s trust in the Islamic System; “in recent election, people displayed and proved in action their trust to the Islamic System. The elections for Parliament and Assembly of Experts were very meaningful; participation of 62% of eligible voters is a high turnout compared with many countries, even the United States.”
Ayatollah Khamenei deemed it natural in any elections that some would win and some would fail, and appreciating the endeavors of those members of the Assembly who have not achieved being elected to next round, added that “there are some figures whose characteristics would not be affected by being elected or not; Ayatollah Yazdi and Mesbah are as such and their presence in the Assembly of Experts gave more momentum and weight to this body and their absence in next round is a loss.”
The Leader also touched upon features of elections in the Islamic System and asserted that “’Popular freedom of action’ is among elections features in the Islamic System; voting is not mandatory and people participate in elections with motivation, willfully and with thought.”
“Another feature is competitiveness; many attempts were made to say election in Iran is not competitive, while it was; different wings participated with various slogans and voiced their views. IRIB also was at the service of candidates for the Assembly of Experts.
‘Security and peaceful atmosphere of elections’ was also next feature of the elections according to the Leader of Revolution. “While in countries around us people suffer from insecurity and terrorist attacks, Iran’s elections were held in full security and without any bittering incident. As people in Tehran could go to polling stations in complete security from 8 in the morning till late after midnight.”
In this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed gratitude towards security and intelligence forces, Interior Ministry, IRGC and Basij forces for good office in securing elections process and ‘health.’ “Contrary to what the enemies and some inside the country propagated, elections in the Islamic System have always been healthy and without any frauds or riggings affecting the results.”
“February 26 elections once again proved falsehood of those who tried to discredit 2009 election and brought about that harmful sedition in the country,” emphasized Ayat. Khamenei. “The same way this round of elections was healthful, elections in 2009 and 2005 were also healthful.”
“Unlike indecent behavior of those who failed to win 2009 elections and by causing sedition prepared the grounds for enemy to covet, those not elected in this year elections felicitated the winners, and this is great and valuable.”
“People’s trust in Islamic System in recent elections contradicted enemy’s effort to ‘make people-system bipolarity’ and ‘discredit elections.’”
Leader of the Islamic Revolution further pointed to recent attacks against the Guardian Council and hailed their performance and seriousness in their duties and criticized weaknesses in some laws; “evaluating 12,000 people in 20 days shows a legislative fault for which Guardian Council cannot be blamed. Any attack against the Guardian Council is an anti-Islamic, illegal, anti-religion and anti-Revolution act.”
He further reaffirmed that people played their role in elections by turning out to the ballot boxes and “now it is turn for officials to fulfil their duties” and Assembly of Experts as one of most important pillars of the Islamic System has the duty of “remaining Revolutionary, thinking Revolutionary and acting Revolutionary.”
“In choosing next Leader, Assembly of Experts must avoid any discreet, shyness or caution and only consider God, truth and country’s needs,” stressed Ayatollah Khamenei. “If this significant duty is ignored, the foundation of performance of the System and country will absolutely face problem.”
He further touched upon the duties of the next Parliament including cooperation with the government, “though it does not mean Parliament shall ignore its legal duties.” ‘Resistance Economy,’ ‘continuation of accelerated scientific movement’ and ‘cultural protection of the country, nation and youth’ were three main duties for government officials the Leader mentioned.
‘Maintaining Revolutionary features, Jihadi movement, preserving national and Islamic dignity and identity, and avoiding dangerous dissolution into cultural, economic and political system of the world’ are among main elements of progress according to him. “According to accurate info, the United States and the Arrogance front have serious plot to infiltrate, but it will not be in for of a coup; because they know that it is impossible to conduct a coup in the Islamic Republic structure.”
He described targeting officials and the people as two main objectives of enemies and said that enemies sought to change calculation of authorities in country so that enemies can control their minds and wills; “in that case no direct involvement of enemies would be needed and officials, without knowing themselves, will decide the way enemies like.”
"Islamic Republic had no intention of hostility towards west; in this country an independent structure was formed and it was the west who first showed enmity toward us. We have suffered damages from west and should not forget what west did to us. I do not favor cutting ties with west, but we must know who we are dealing with,” stressed Ayat. Khamenei and added that “we must have relations with whole world except the United States and the Zionist regime; we must know that world is not only west and Europe. Today, powers are spread in the world and east of world and Asia is a vast region.
He also reasserted that the way for confronting infiltration was internal strengthening of the country; “if the Islamic Iran is strong and rich domestically, those who are trying to bully Iran and are against us, will queue for making relations with the Islamic System.”