Election manifests Iran national might: Leader
Press TV -(Sun Apr 28, 2013) Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran needs to make a huge leap in the political and economic arenas, describing the election as an important issue and the manifestation of national might.
In an address to thousands of workers in Tehran on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei described the people’s conscious presence in the country’s politics and management as political valor.
“A clear example of political valor is the upcoming election, which…will take place at the scheduled time with the enthusiastic presence of the nation,” said the Leader.
The Leader said possible candidates must carefully assess their abilities and the executive position they are competing for.
“The country and the mighty and resistant nation of Iran need a president, who is brave and fearless in the international arena and in the face of arrogant powers and who has planning, wisdom, and foresight in the domestic arena and believes in the resistance economy….”
“The Iranian nation seeks to realize great objectives and [carry out] great tasks and is not one to surrender and no one can speak to it using the language of force. Therefore, the individual who heads the executive branch [of government] must be brave, fearless and resistant against enemy pressure and should not back down.”
The Leader said the ill-wishers of the Iranian nation plot to prevent economic and political valor in Iran, adding, “They try to use economic pressure to create a rift between the nation and the Islamic establishment and dishearten the people.”
The Leader, however, stressed that the resolve of the nation and officials would ultimately disappoint the enemy.
Iran’s 11th presidential election will be held on June 14. The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election after the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.
Regarding the economic situation in the US and Europe, the Leader said the capitalist economy has proven to be inefficient.
“Current events in Europe and the US are just the beginning, and conditions will become much more worse because the capitalist economy is headed towards collapse.”
The Leader said that the existing economic, ethical and cultural problems in the West all contribute to the decline of the Western civilization.
IRNA -(Sat Apr 27, 2013) Supreme Leader: Next president must honor commitment to Constitution and not to surrender to bullying powers
Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that the next president must honor commitment to Constitution and not to surrender to bullying powers.
In a meeting with a group of exemplary workers and techncians of the manufacturing sector, the Supreme Leader said that a lively presidential election needs more candidates from different political tastes to run for the election.
The Supreme Leader said that those applying for candidacy must make sure beforehand that they are brave enough to stand up to the bullying powers in the international scene and not to surrender to their political and economic pressure.
The Leader said the country is in dire need of creating epic and making a big jump in the economic and political domains, so the issue of elections is important and is the stage on which the nation can display their national resolve.
The Supreme Leader advised the likely candidates persistently to have sound assessment of their capability for the executive branch of government.
ˈIran and the great and resistant nation of Iran need a president who would be brave and courageous enough in the face of the arrogance on the international scene, while having a platform and being prudent and wise domestically with a belief in the economy of resistance, without any hue and cry and tension and chanting logical slogans based on reality.ˈ
Elsewhere in his remarks on the occasion of the Workersˈ Week, Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted virtues of workers and their endeavor for development and welfare of the nation.
ˈThe workers are the backbone of a society and in their absence or weakness, the country would be crippled. If workers were given sense of hope, welfare and job security, the country would tread in the path to progress more speedily and more easily.ˈ
The Supreme Leader said that over the past 34 years, many efforts were made in vain to provoke workers against Islamic Revolution and the system, but, the faithful and revolutionary workers countered the plots bravely and they are proud of commitment to the Islamic Republic.