Jannati advises presidential hopefuls to avoid smear campaign

TEHRAN, May 8 (MNA) – Ayatollah Ali Jannati urged the presidential campaigners and their loyalists to avoid insults against each other in the race for the presidential post.

“All individuals should make efforts to ensure that no one is insulted… if any one trespasses the Islamic borders, it is evident what he will do after rising to power,” he told worshipers on Friday.


Jannati, the chairman of the Guardian Council which is constitutionally tasked to endorse the qualifications of presidential and parliamentary aspirants, also said people should be given an opportunity to vote to any candidate they think is most qualified without any pressure.


“If some try to threaten people to vote for a particular candidate, the Guardian Council considers these votes as (religiously) ‘invalid’ because there should be no threats in the election,” he stated.


The cleric emphasized that the primary concern should be the widespread participation of people in the election.


“Today, all individuals and candidates should make efforts so that we witness a maximum participation in the election because a maximum participation increases the authority of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”


Addressing the presidential hopefuls, Jannati stated, “I urge the candidates to see whether they are able to manage the executive affairs of the nation... any one who nominates in the election should be powerful to face the pressures of the United States and chant the slogan of ‘down with America’.”


He insisted, “Any one who nominates in the presidential election should see whether he is able to implement justice.”


The cleric called on the people to vote for a candidate “whose record shows he is pursuing the cause of the Islamic Revolution.”


Elsewhere, Jannati made a reference to some candidates and their supporters who express concerns over the fairness of elections, saying, “During the last 30 years, we have always witnessed that the elections are held fairly in the country. Whenever organizers of an election were a particular grouping, the rival party has (usually) won the election.


“Is it not a sign of healthy elections?” Jannati asked.


Pointing to the recent terror attacks in Iraq, the cleric said, “As the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution has indicated, the responsibility of this terror attack lies with the United States and the Zionist regime.”


“The Americans try to undermine the regional security,” he observed.


In a recent wave of bloody attacks across Iraq many people, including 70 Iranian pilgrims, have been killed.





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