Saturday, June 18, 2005

Supreme Leader hails people's massive turnout in presidential polls - Irna

Supreme Leader hails people's massive turnout in presidential polls - Irna: "Supreme Leader hails people's massive turnout in presidential polls Tehran, June 18, IRNA
9th Presidential Election-Supreme Leader
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday thanked the Iranian nation for its "wise, strong and extensive" turnout in the 9th presidential elections held on Friday, June 17th. The Supreme Leader also called for strong presence of people in the run-off election.

Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message on Saturday that the "fresh and enthusiastic" presence of the public in the polling booths proved once again that Islamic democracy is deeply rooted among the nation and "this holy divine tree" has firmly resisted all "opposition winds."
"The glorious epic on June 17th showed once again the firm and honorable resolve of a nation which has pinned its hopes on its lofty future and has made endeavor to reconstruct its country," read the message.

Elsewhere in his message, the Supreme Leader said the strong turnout in the election foiled all enemy plots and displayed the firm will of the Muslim Iranian nation to the critics and ill-wishers.

Ayatollah Khamenei scoffed at US President George W. Bush's anti-Iran claims, saying the US president, who had himself swept to power through the financial backing of Zionist companies to safeguard their illegitimate interests, called elections in Iran as 'improper and distorted'.

Recalling the US scandalous abuse of prisoners in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo prison camp, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "This criminal of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo has raised allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran, covered up crimes of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and denied the US government's support for the unpopular regimes both in the past and at present." The Supreme Leader also castigated the US president for his claim that his government was a supporter of democracy and an advocate of the Iranian nation.

"You, the dear nation, you, the committed and enthusiastic youth, you, the faithful men and women, through your wise and epic presence made Bush's insults backfire and showed your firm interest in the country's independence, defense of Islam and Islamic democracy." The Supreme Leader said the June 17 presidential election was primarily a vote to the Islamic Republic, to national independence, to the Constitution, to progress, justice and Islamic causes, which will guarantee the people's religion and welfare, dignity and national pride.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the true winner of the election is the Iranian nation, which was actively present on the scene despite the enemy propaganda.

The president-elect, no matter who he is, would be the president of all Iranian people and all are duty-bound to assist him in steering the country towards progress, the Supreme Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended the new president to concentrate on his efforts to serve the faithful Iranian nation, especially the youth and the poor.

The Supreme Leader also called on political factions to strengthen the spirit of solidarity and participation and avoid any provocative and disheartening moves, both in action and in words.

Concluding his message, Ayatollah Khamenei thanked the religious dignitaries, academics, cultural, political and social personalities, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Broadcasting, the Guardian Council, the Interior Ministry and all the officials in charge of elections for their hard endeavors to ensure healthy and free election."