Jun 19, 2021, 3:17 PM
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Supreme Leader calls on elected people to take chance to serve nation

Tehran, June 19, IRNA – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday urged the president-elect and those elected as village and city councilors in Friday’s nationwide elections to take the chance to serve the Iranian nation.

In a message, which comes as the preliminary results of Friday elections are coming out, Ayatollah Khamenei also hailed the massive turnout of people.   

People’s large turnout despite many factors which could potentially overshadow the people's participation was indicative of their strong resolve and hopeful hearts, the Supreme Leader said.  

Neither the propaganda of hostile countries, nor the difficulty of making a living for the poor or the threat of the pandemic were able to disrupt the determination of the Iranian nation, Ayatollah Khamenei added.  

The Supreme Leader also thanked the Guardian Council, the Interior Ministry, the candidates and all those who helped the holding of elections.

According to his official website khamenei,ir, the Supreme Leader's message read: Following the enthusiastic, epic participation of the great nation of Iran in the elections on the 18th of June, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the Iranian nation as the great winner of the elections. He emphasized that neither complaints about financial difficulties, nor the opposition’s attempts to dishearten the people, nor other factors such as the threat of the pandemic, nor disruptions that arose in the beginning hours of the election were able to overcome the determination of the nation. Addressing those elected for the great responsibility of Presidency or membership in the Councils, he stated, “Appreciate the opportunity you have for serving the country and the nation and always have a divine motivation.” The message of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To the great, honorable nation of Iran,

Your enthusiastic, epic turnout for the June 18th elections has added yet another shining page to your honors. In the midst of the factors that could have caused a decline in the people’s participation in the elections, the pleasing scene of your participation was a clear sign of your firm willpower, hearts filled with hope and watchful eyes.

The great winner of yesterday’s elections is the Iranian nation, who have again stood up to the propaganda of the enemy's mercenary media and the urgings of the simple-minded and the ill-wishers. They have displayed their presence in the heart of the country's political arena.

Neither the complaints about the adverse living conditions of the weak classes, nor the anguish from the threat of Covid-19, nor the opposition’s attempts to dishearten the people–which started months ago, nor the disruptions in the early hours on election day were able to overcome the Iranian nation's determination or create problems for the important Presidential elections or for the Islamic City and Village Council elections.

I prostrate myself in gratefulness (to God) and express my infinite gratitude to God, the All-Knowing and Almighty, for the help and success He bestowed upon the Iranian nation and for His Mercy to Iran and the Islamic Republic. I congratulate the Iranian nation and I also congratulate the honorable newly elected officials who will be taking on the responsibility of Presidency and membership in the Islamic City and Village Councils across the country. I remind them to be grateful to this loyal nation and be totally committed to the duties specified for them by the law. Appreciate the opportunity to serve the country and the nation and always have a divine motivation.

I find it necessary to express my gratitude to the honorable Guardian Council, the Ministry of the Interior, the security and health organizations, the hardworking national media, the honorable candidates and all those who have helped in this great test in any way.
I greet and salute Imam Mahdi (may we be sacrificed for him). I ask God to elevate the ranks of Imam Khomeini, the motivator behind the Iranian nation's great movement, and the noble martyrs who are the greatest source of honor for the country.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei,

June 19, 2021

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