Iranian Leader Khamenei: the people won
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei praises the people's "epic participation" in the elections and calls on elected officials to take responsibility and thank the people.
Iranian leader Ali Khamenei said that "the Iranian people are the biggest winners in the elections," adding that "the epic participation of citizens in the elections represents another bright page for the glories of the Iranian people and their future."
He called on the elected officials to "appreciate the opportunity that has been provided to serve the people and the country, and to always carry divine goals."
And he continued, "In light of factors that could have weakened participation in the elections, the Iranian people drew a striking plaque in front of polling stations across the country, which is clear evidence of the firm determination, hopeful heart, and insight of the people."
He pointed out that "neither resentment at the difficulty of living among the poor, nor concern about the threats of contagious disease, nor the media, which began months ago to discourage citizens, was able to discourage the people's determination to participate in the presidential and municipal elections."
His excellency addressed the people by saying: "Be happy and pleased," while asking the elected "to hold the great responsibility in the presidency or membership of local councils," and called them to "thank and appreciate these loyal people and to fully abide by the legal duties assigned to them".
Yesterday, after casting his vote in the presidential elections, the Iranian guide said that the Iranian people "will see better" from these elections, stressing that "by attending the polls and casting their vote, they will determine the general and basic situation of the country in the coming years."
The leader's statement came a few hours after the Iranian Ministry of Interior announced the victory of candidate Ibrahim Raisi for the presidency and that he had won more than 17 million and 800,000 votes, according to the preliminary votes.