Khamenei: Iran's Elections Are a Critical Turning Point

Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei says that the presidential elections are a critical event for the country, calling on young people to participate in the elections vigorously.

  • Iranian Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei
    Iranian Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei

Iranian Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei held a live address to the country just two days before Iran's 13th presidential election.

Khamenei said in his remarks, which were carried live on state television and social media that the presidential election is an essential event for the country.

"The media outlets of Iran's enemies strive to mislead the people's thoughts by refusing to participate in the polls, “Iranian leader added.

"But the bulk of the people have shown that whatever… (the foreign media) say, the people will do the opposite," Khamenei said.

Khamenei said elections should be viewed as being beyond factional politics and political leanings, calling participation in elections "an act of virtue."

According to the Iranian Leader, elections should be viewed as transcending factional politics and political leanings, and voting should be considered a "virtuous act."

Sayyed Khamenei noted that a high election turnout indicated that the establishment has widespread support, which he said will have a "unique influence" on Iran's global power.

Iran's adversaries, he stated, we're attempting to discourage participation.

 Khamenei urged Iranian youths to participate in the June 18 election, saying they are "always in the forefront and always pulling others forward."

"But Iran is strong, powerful, and has broad capacities," Iranian leader said, adding that others inside have a limited view and want to instill pessimism. He emphasized the importance of dealing harshly with any infringement.