Candidates should respect law, accept vote result: Senior cleric

Tehran interim Friday Prayers leader has called on presidential candidates to adhere to the law and accept the final result of the June 14 election.

“Law-abidance is [an] unchangeable [principle]…. If a candidate has an objection to not being elected, he must pursue it legally,” Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami told worshipers in the capital city.

He added that the message of the upcoming presidential and council elections is that the Iranian people are in charge of their own destiny.

The cleric stated that the international community is watching the election closely and that the vote has somehow become internationalized.

Ayatollah Khatami said public participation is important because each vote cast will be another ‘Yes’ to the Islamic Republic.

He also noted that religious leaders do not have the right to back any candidate and it is the Iranian nation that has the final say in this matter.

“The [Islamic] government does not support any candidate and the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has repeatedly stated that he does not back any of the candidates and even those installed by the Leader have no right to support a certain candidate, because it is for people to decide,” he said.

Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi will compete in Iran’s 11th presidential election.

On June 14, Iranians will cast their ballots at over 66,000 polling stations across the country, and some 285 polling stations will be set up for Iranian nationals in other countries.

The fourth city and rural council elections are also scheduled to be held on the same day.

By Press TV


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