Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran’s Presidential Election Has Become an International Issue

Leader Khamenei Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that “the upcoming presidential election in the country has become a major international issue.”

“All Think Tanks around the world are monitoring this prominent event and they have specific plans and objectives regarding the Iran election,” he said during a visit with families of Iran-Iraq war martyrs.

Regarding multitude number of presidential candidates he said, “God willing, the Guardian Council will announce those who are qualified and everyone should be obeying the law. Violating the law will cause problem.”

The vote on June 14 will be the first presidential election since 2009 when Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two defeated candidates refused to use legal procedures to pursue their complaints regarding election results.

After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the 2009 election, the supporters of his rivals started street protest due to claims of fraud in the election. Later the street protests turned to riots.

“For the peace and unity of the country, the law is a good measure,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.

On how people should choose their next president he added, “People should pay attention to the slogans candidates use to attract votes, some are chanting slogans which are beyond the authorities of a president,” he said.

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