Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Khamenei on Presidential Choice

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today came close to endorsing Ahmadinejad in the 12 June presidential elections. Speaking in Kurdistan province, Khamenei spoke in coded language, implicit in support for Ahmadinejad.

“The nation knows and has witnessed the fact that if it’s elected president is full of energy and has the determination; he can instigate great service [to the nation].”
[IRNA, in Persian, 12 May 2009]

Khamenei also spoke against lavish lifestyle and corruption widely associated with Mehdi Karrubi, one of Ahmadinejad’s main rivals; calling on people to elect a simple man.

“Elect someone who feels the pain of the nation, feels the pain of the people, comes from and is close to the [ordinary] people, has a simple life, and he and his family and close relatives are free of corruption and lavish lifestyle.”

In a surprising part of the speech, Khamenei referred to enemy conspiracies to stop the upcoming presidential election, and the last Majil elections. He gave no details and did not say how the enmies were planning to halt the electoral process.

“The enemies started a growing campaign almost a year ago to stop the [presidential] election in Iran, but certainly they will not succeed. They’ve used the same tactics to stop the Majlis elections, but God’s will and the nation’s determination stopped their [conspiracy].”

Election logo courtesy of Press TV.

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