Iran vote: Leader calls for massive turnout to counter US

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on the Iranian nation to partake in the upcoming parliamentary votes in the country and foil Washington’s “evil intentions.”

Ayatollah Khamenei, speaking in front of thousands of people from Iran’s East Azarbaijan Province in Tehran on Tuesday, said the elections make Iran stronger in the face of US plots.

He said Washington has over the years formed dozens of think tanks with hundreds of experts to hash plots against the Islamic Republic.

He referred to the massive turnout of the people on the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution last Tuesday and in processions to honor Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani earlier, saying: “The same thing should happen in the elections, meaning that the enemies should see for themselves that, in spite of their persistence in attempting to drive a wedge between the people and the establishment, people receive the elections well, which is reason for pride for the Islamic establishment.”

“Elections neutralize many of the evil intentions that the Americans and the Zionists (Israelis) have in mind against Iran,” the Leader added. “These elections are the response to the chicanery and deception of Iran’s enemies.”

“Enemies want to know what all of their attempts, the economic difficulties that exist in the country, the perfidy of the Westerners and the Europeans (in the Iran deal matter) toward Iran, and all the pressures — the maximum pressure, as they call it themselves — have finally done to the Iranian people,” the Leader said. “Our friends all over the world, too, are watching with concern to see what happens.”