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News number: 8802221326

19:34 | 2009-05-12

Politics

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Leader Calls for Massive Turnout in Presidential Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei Tuesday called for massive public turnout in the June presidential election, describing active participation of the people as a source of dismay for the enemies.



"Active and all-out participation of the people in the presidential election is a crucially important issue which would increase national reputation and dignity and would strengthen the country," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large and fervent congregation of people in the western Iranian city of Sanandaj.

The Leader also termed election among the great tests of the Iranian nation, cautioning that enemies of the Islamic Republic have long waged a propaganda campaign against Iran's popular elections in an effort to stop elections or, at least, undermine public trust and participation in elections, but to no avail.

Meantime, the Leader refrained from mentioning the name of his popular candidate, reminding that whoever the Guardians Council approves would certainly be a qualified and trustworthy person.

The Guardians Council is a vetting body verifying qualifications of potential nominees for parliamentary and presidential elections, which means that no one is considered as an official candidate before receiving the approval of the 12-member Council.

Also Ayatollah Khamenei reminded the public of the general traits and features that any proper candidate should have.

"We should elect those who understand the country's pain and pain of the people and are pained by the pain of the people," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

"They should be close to people, live in a simple and modest way. They and their family members should be away from corruption and aristocracy," he added.