Iran's Leader:

Iran preparing for peaceful election in insecure region

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TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) – Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the significance of preparing for a peaceful and secure election while the rest of the Middle East region is gripped with insecurity and conflict.

Ahead of presidential and city council elections in Iran scheduled for Friday May 19, hundreds  of people from all walks of life met with Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday in Tehran.

“Elections are going to be held in two days in a country with an 80-million population where the nation is getting ready for a passionate and enthusiastic turnout, but peace is preserved everywhere,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, while highlighting the significance of this peaceful atmosphere in an otherwise turbulent region.

“All administrative, monitoring and security bodies are making serious and coordinated efforts for the holding of a secure election,” he said, adding “despite the presence of these reliable bodies, I would still like to further stress the importance of preserving the votes of people.”

The Leader went on to add, “the Iranian nation has enemies. In the face of enemies, the nation needs to adopt a determined, confident, composed and peaceful visage.”

Ayatollah Khamenei underscored the significance of ‘discipline’ both before, during and after the election, adding “people’s adherence to discipline and law is very important. This is exactly what many countries lack, but our nation has and shows that they have learned from past experiences.”

“The Iranian nation has learned how much this order and discipline benefits them and how non-compliance with law and order will be harmful to them,” he stressed. 

He went to note, “authorities in the US, Europe, Zionist regime and regional states who follow America’s policies will be observing our election on Friday to see how many people will turn out, and will make judgments based on that.”
Freedom, effectiveness of people’s vote, and the current secure and peaceful atmosphere in Iran are indebted to the Islamic Republic Establishment, he stressed. 

“The regional nations whose governments are dominated by the US can only dream about having a competitive and free presidential election like the one we have in Iran,” he said. 

The Leader maintained that the presence of Iranian people at the ballot boxes carries two important messages, adding “the first message is ‘people’s trust and interest in the Islamic Republic Establishment’, and the other is ‘the firm determination and diligence of the Iranian nation’.”

Ayatollah Khamenei concluded that progress will continue and the Islamic Republic will see the day when its enemies have despaired at their plots and stopped their nonsensical remarks against Iran.

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