Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the upcoming presidential election in Iran should create a political epic in the country.The most important matter in the[presidential] election is to create a political epic and the enthusiastic participation of the people in the polls, the Leader stated. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks while addressing a ceremony at Imam Khomeini’s Mausoleum in southern Tehran to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the passing of the founder of the Islamic Republic. 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 Leader further noted, “They(the enemies) wish either a low turnout in the election or sedition to emerge after the election. ”
Commenting on the economic problems in the country and the role of the next president of Iran in this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei noted, “The hope of the nation and all of us is that the person elected by the nation in the June 14 votes will solve economic problems, ” advising the candidates, however, not to make promises they cannot deliver on.The Leader said the Iranian nation, with its massive turnout and its resolve, will give a firm and crushing response to the plots of the enemies. Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that the people of Iran have a roadmap, which is Imam Khomeini’s principles. “Imam [Khomeini]’s principles… are the very principles that turned the backward dependent Iranian nation into a pioneer and dignified and independent nation,” the Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed out. Every year, millions of Iranians from across the country travel to Tehran to pay tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini. Rouhollah Mousavi Khomeini, who came to be known as Imam Khomeini, was born in the town of Khomein on September 24, 1902. In 1961, Ayatollah Khomeini became a Shia source of emulation and gradually entered the political arena. In January 1963, he engaged in activities against the then-monarch of Iran, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi, who had announced his so-called White Revolution program. Ayatollah Khomeini passed away on June 3, 1989, eleven days after he was taken to hospital for an operation to stop internal bleeding in May 1989. With the passing away of Imam Khomeini, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei was elected the Leader of the Islamic Revolution by Iran’s Assembly of Experts.