Audience members listen to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed

Ali Khamenei, as he rouses the country to come out and vote for

one of the eight presidential candidates his regime approved.



Supreme Leader Says Unlike 2009, Presidential Vote in 2013 will 'Frustrate Enemies' (Kayhan, Iran)


Does the Islamic Republic's conduct of the 2013 Iran presidential election demonstrate that nation's commitment to free speech and democracy? According to this news item from the state-run Kayhan, Supreme Leader Khamenei is urging people to vote in large numbers, which he says will force the 'enemies' to cut back on sanctions against his regime by demonstrating a 'bond' between the people and the authorities.


June 14, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Perhaps recognizing that his regime lacks legitimacy, Iran's unlected supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, pleads with people to come out and vote for one of the eight presidential candidates his government has approved.


PRESS TV VIDEO., IRAN [STATE-RUN]: Supreme Leader calls on people to 'frustrate enemies' by voting, June 12, 00:10:20RealVideo

TEHRAN: Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, is urging voters to turn out in large numbers for the presidential election on Friday, saying that such a demonstration will frustrate the enemies.


Ayatollah Khamenei spoke on the last day of a campaign to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which comes at a time of U.S.-led pressure to halt the nation's march toward development.


"My insistence on having a majority of people vote is that a strong presence on the part of the Iranian nation will disappoint the enemy, and force it to reduce such pressure and follow another path," Ayatollah Khamenei said.


The leader said, "More important than the outcome, high voter turnout is important for the country. With this powerful move on Friday, the nation will reflect the strong bond it feels with the Islamic establishment, once again defeating and disappointing the enemy."


Ayatollah Khamenei said that the enemies of Islam and the Revolution have used every financial, media and political tool to separate the people from the Islamic establishment. They seek to create cynicism toward the elections and the body conducting them, but mass voter turnout will once again defeat them.


The leader described the forthcoming election as a major experience for the Iranian nation, saying that "consolidated, lively, strong, and hopeful" participation in the voting, as well as the "maintenance and reinforcement of mutual trust between the people and authorities" will disappoint the enemy and reduce the pressure they exert.


"From today on, a political epic has begun. On Friday, through the hope, trust and determination of the people, this epic will reach its height."


Ayatollah Khamenei said that failure to abide by the law was the cause of the 2009 post-election unrest, adding, "The people and the country suffered greatly as a result of that lawlessness. This reality has made the nation more sensitive about the necessity of abiding by the law during the upcoming election."


The leader said that the more votes he gets, the better the people's elected president will withstand the nation's enemies and defend the nation's interests.

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According to Ayatollah Khamenei, the more weakness and retreat one shows in the international arena, the further the enemy will advance. "Therefore, one must stand strong against the illegitimate demands of foreign powers," the leader added.

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Ayatollah Khamenei said that the opposing views expressed by presidential candidates during their live debates reflect freedom in Iran, and exposed those who accuse the Islamic Republic of muzzling free speech. One of the strongest elements of this year's election, he said, was the way the debates reflected the full spectrum political and intellectual opinion.


"However, I have reservations about certain issues raised in the debates which, God willing, I will explain after the election."



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