Leader says high turnout will infuriate enemy

April 30, 2009 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stated on Wednesday that despite attempts by the enemies to undermine the upcoming presidential election, the Iranian nation will “infuriate” the enemies with their high turnout.

Over the past thirty years Iranian people have been actively involved in managing the country but “enemies whose illegitimate interests in Iran have stopped to exist” close their eyes to the people’s contribuation to the running of the country and have always sought to undermine national elections, the Leader told a gathering of nurses, teachers and workers in Tehran.
The Supreme Leader said, “The oppressive kings of Qajar and Pahlavi (dynasties) considered the country as their own property, and any result the regimes wished would come out of the ballot box but the Islamic Republic opened a totally new chapter and brought people to the scene.”
Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say that Iran has always held fair and free elections “but unfortunately some unjust friends and those who are a part of the nation and expect people to pay attention to them are unthankful and speak against the nation and with repeating the lies of enemies” question the fairness of the elections.
In the past some expressed doubts over the fairness of one or two elections but thorough investigations showed that those elections were also free and fair, the Leader insisted.
“How can one question the fairness of elections in Iran while on many occasions the outcome of the elections was disadvantageous to the ruling party? he asked.
Supreme Leader also praised teachers, nurses, and workers as the “most important strata of the society”