Iran’s Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei Appreciates Law-abiding Disqualified Candidates

Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with members of Iran's Majlis on May 29,2013.

Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with members of Iran’s Majlis on May 29,2013.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei said “everyone should try to have an enthusiastic election with attendance of public. Since the Islamic revolution, strength and power of the Islamic regime was based on the support of the people.”

“All of presidential candidates reiterated on their commitment to the law,” said Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with members of Iran’s Majlis on Wednsday.

“[We] should appreciate all of candidates and especially those who did not qualified [to run for president], but chose to abide by the law,” he said.

Observers in Tehran believe that the today’s remarks by the Iran’s supreme leader mean that he will not re-install important disqualified candidates, such as Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Some political analysts believed Ayatollah Khamenei will use his authority to re-qualify the 78 year old former two-term president of Iran who disqualified by the Guardian Council due to his old age and inability in taking responsibility of the president.

Iran’s leader has called on all presidential candidates to be sincere and provide accurate information in their campaigns.

“The gentlemen have very important duties. They should be careful to not articulate anything that comes to mouth just to draw attentions.”

“The presidential candidates should only say the realities about the current situation and about themselves,” he said.

Denying allegations of leader’s support from a specific candidate, he said: “These [allegations] are false and no one knows who the leader will vote for.”

“The leader has only one vote as the other people,” he reiterated and dismissed western media propaganda about leader’s opinions. “The enemies put this propaganda on their agenda because of their known goals but the Islamic regime will stay on its path regardless of such propaganda.”

Iranians will go to the polls in the nation’s 11th presidential election on June 14.

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