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15:22 | 2013-06-12


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Leader Calls for High Turnout in Election, Strong Resistance against Enemies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei urged maximum participation of the Iranian people in the upcoming presidential voting on June 14, underlining that high public turnout in the election will enable the next president to stand firm and strong against enemies.

"The more and stronger the nation's elected president gains votes, the stronger and the more powerfully he can stand against the enemies of the country and the nation and defend the national interests," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of people in Tehran on Wednesday.

He underlined the necessity for strong resistance against enemies, and said, "The international scene is not the scene of hesitation and shyness and the more you show weakness and withdraw, the more the enemies will move forward."

Ayatollah Khamenei reminded Iran's tenderness towards the enemies on certain issues in the past, and said, "At times we accepted certain words due to (the country's) expediency and interests, but the enemy disregarded its words and moved forward more boldly, therefore, we should stand against the illegitimate demands of the aliens powerfully."

He underlined that resistance against the international enemy needs trust in the brave Iranian nation, reliance on the national honor as well as reliance on God and hope and trust in His promises.

The 11th round of the presidential election and the 4th round of Islamic City and Village Councils election will be held in Iran on June 14.

Iranian voters will go to over 66,000 polling stations inside and outside the country on June 14 to elect their next president.

Campaigning for the June 14 presidential election kicked off in Iran on May 22 after the Guardian Council released the list of 8 qualified candidates, although 6 have remained now.

The qualified candidates represent a wide range of political streams from Principlists to reformers.

There are now 6 candidates left in the race after two of them quitted. They include Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, former SNSC Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani, former Oil and Telecommunication minister Seyed Mohammad Qarazi, former Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee.

Campaigning will continue up to June 13, that is 24 hours before the start of the election.