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Majies deputies meeting with leader

tehran, may 28, irna - the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei today termed the massive turnout of the iranian people in the may 23 presidential election as a "great divine blessing and a gift from the almighty allah to the iranian nation." in a meeting with majlis deputies on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the establishment of the iranian parliament, the leader underlined the need for the majlis to cooperate with the government, supervise proper conduct of affairs and legislate laws needed by the government. "because of of its good position and its strong and healthy management, the islamic consultative assembly (majlis) is not a cause of tension for people but on the contrary provides tranqüility and ease of mind for them. this is one of the sources of honor for the majlis," ayatollah khamenei remarked. the majlis of islamic iran is populär in the strictest sense of the word and is the mifror of thoughts, tastes, tendencies and aspirations of the iranian people, the supreme leader said. the leader of the islamic revolution noted that the majlis is actively carrying out its tasks in various fields such as debating proposed plans and bills, playing a role in the general issues of the cöuntry and pursuing political and international issues. "i personally thank each and every member of the islamic consultative assembly, particularly majlis Speaker mr. nateq-nouri and i hope that the majlis will go ahead in this direction," ayatollah khamenei observed. elsewhere in his speech,- ayatollah khamenei said that foreign media belonging to the enemies of islam as usual tried to take advantage of people's massive presence at the polling stations ins a bid to misportray the electjon as a sign of people's protest and criticism but the respected president-elect in his press Conference gave a decisive response to the enemies. ayatollah khamenei said that the campaign slogans of the president-elect concerning rule of law and order, social justice, elimination of discrimination, movement towards revolutionary and islamic goals and allegiance to the ideals of the late imam khomeini are the slogans of the revolution and islamic System, the supreme leader warned that the enemies are awaiting the least opportunity to make any trivial incident look bitter to people and to tarnish the image of the iranian nation before the world. "we thank god who himself led the iranian people into going to the polling booths and taking this great divine test, thus displäying people's loyalty to this divine System," ayatollah khamenei said.

ayatollah khamenei said that all presidential contenders belonged to the islamic system and all chanted slogans in defence of the system but the enemy is trying to turn such a unified move which took place in favor of the islamic republic into a dispute and strife. therefore, he cautioned, it is necessary for all people, particularly majiis deputies to be vigilant and prevent the enemy from materializing its plots. in a brief speech, majiis Speaker hojatoleslam ali akbar nateq-nouri said that the majiis deputies have carried out their heavy duties with sincerity and unity. voicing the mps allegiance to the supreme leader, nateq-nouri said that the majiis deputies are ready to cooperate with the future governmeht as they did with the government of President akbar hashemi rafsanjani.


leader receives president-elect

tehran, may 25, ima - the supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayajollah ali khamenei here sunday received the president-elect, hojatoleslam rtiohammad khatami. in the meeting which was held a day after the announcement of the final results of the seventh presidential elections, the leader of the islamic revolution gave appropriate guidelines to hojatoleslam khatami. khatami won the friday presidential elections by sweeping more than 20 million votes that is over 69 percent of the votes, the highest since the victory of the islamic revolution in 1979.

IRI Leader rules out rigging in the polls

(May 21, 1997)

Tehran radio, Wednesday, may 21, 1997

Iran's paramount Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei pledged that the country's presidential election would be free and fair, rejecting rumors that it was rigged in favor of one candidate. "This rumor comes from the enemy," Ayatollah Khamenei told a televised public meeting ahead of Friday's election. "No one dares to manipulate the vote, not even one vote." "I myself will closely follow up the voting process and will not allow any entity to commit an unlslämic act incompatible with the social and political norms."

"No violation will happen during the presidential polls and I am determined to save the elections from any possible rigging," the supreme Leader vowed. "They have distorted the well-intended words of our President" Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who warned officials last week of vote-rigging, Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"This is against Islamic and civil laws," said Khamenei, who is the country's highest political, religious and military authority. Rafsanjani pleaded last week with officials against any fraud, saying it risks alienating the people from the government. After his remarks, newspapers supporting the two main candidates, Majlis Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri and former culture and Islamic guidance minister Seyed Mohammad Khatami, accused each other of seeking to manipulate the vote in their favor. Ayatollah Khamenei also urged people to turn out en masse to "disappoint and hurt the enemy." He said that voting in the upcoming presidential elections is in fact voting for the independence of the country and for allegiance to the System and leadership.

Ayatollah Khamenei was speaking in a meeting with the families of prisoners of war (pows) and those missing in action (mias). The leader said the presidential election is a populär move and a great national and Islamic test, adding that efforts should be made to hold the election in a healthy and orderly manner as prescribed by Islam. "The election campaign is one of most serious issues for a learned nation.

There is no kidding at all. It is like serious athletic competitions which cannot be coupled with indecent and inappropriate acts. Therefore, the atmosphere of eleetion in a country whose nation adheres to ethics, morality and faith should not cause annoyance," Ayatollah Khamenei remarked.

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