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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Assembly of Experts expresses strong support for Leader’s guidelines
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- In a statement issued on Saturday the Assembly of Experts expressed its “strong support” for the Supreme Leader’s statements on the presidential elections on Friday.
The 86-member assembly stated in the statement that it is hoped that the nation would realize the current condition and by sticking to the Leader’s guidelines preserve their patience and manifest their unity.
The Qom Seminary Teachers Society also issued a statement on Saturday declaring strong support for the guidelines of the Supreme Leader.
“The Qom Seminary Teachers Society… announces its strong support for his valuable guidelines and invites all (groupings) to maintain unity, abide by the law, and refrain from any action which leads to tension,” the statement said.
Addressing hundreds of thousands of people at the most recent Friday prayers in Tehran, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged all groupings to end their street protests and to pursue their complaints through legal channels.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the time for rivalry is over and everyone should unite and line up behind the president-elect.
-----------Cleric praises Leader’s remarks
In a letter sent to the Supreme Leader on Saturday, Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani said the Leader’s remarks showed the significant role of the velayat-e faqih (rule by the supreme jurisprudent) in the Islamic system.
Ayatollah Hamedani expressed hope that all groupings make the guidelines their priority.
--------- Leader’s guidelines guarantee a better future
MP Sharif Hosseini stated on Saturday that the Supreme Leader’s guidelines announced at Friday prayers guarantee a better future for the nation.
“The remarks showed the Iranian people the path toward a better future under the law without any rift or schism,” he told the Mehr News Agency.
The MP added, “All political groupings and the people should prioritize unity and heed the words of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.”
------- Leader’s guidelines are a road map
In a letter to the Supreme Leader on Saturday, Ayatollah Abbas Ka’bi of the Guardian Council said the Leader’s speech has outlined a road map for the nation.
Ayatollah Ka’bi added that the GC will spare no effort to safeguard the nation’s votes.
“The council will seriously and meticulously examine the protests and the complaints of the candidates through the legal process and will safeguard each one of the nation’s 40 million votes,” he said.
---------- Following the Leader is a religious duty
MP Hashem Hashemzadeh said that following the Leader’s guidelines is a religious duty.
“The remarks of the Leader of the revolution were definitive… and obeying the orders of the velayat-e faqih (supreme jurisprudent) is a religious duty for everyone,” he told MNA.
--------- University chancellors vow to follow Leader
In a statement issued on Saturday, university chancellors have emphasized that they will follow the decisive orders of the Supreme Leader.
“We regard the maximum presence of the people at the ballot boxes as the most valuable political and social asset for the Islamic system… and urge all the elites of Islamic Iran to do their best to safeguard this asset,” part of the statement said.
---------- Armed forces urge people to follow the Leader
The Iranian Armed Forces Headquarters has issued a statement urging all people to follow the definitive guidelines of the Supreme Leader.
The statement added that the nation should be wary about the enemies’ plots.
“The victory of the great Iranian nation in the tenth presidential election… is a glory which should safeguard the country’s security magnificently. Thus, we should not be unaware of the enemies’ plots to destroy this unique capability,” it added