Leader: Nation’s election turnout, firm answer to enemies’ conspiracies
Tehran, IRNA – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here on Tuesday that Iran’s enemies had been hatching plots against the Islamic Republic for quite a time by propagating election-boycott but the nation gave them a strong answer by their participation.
The Supreme Leader made the remarks here Tuesday during the endorsement ceremony of Ebrahim Raisi as the next Iranian President.
He went on to thank the Iranian nation who managed to successfully fulfill this task once again by their meaningful participation in the presidential election which symbolizes the rule of religious democracy in the country.
He also appreciated the work of the outgoing cabinet and President Hassan Rouhani and wished success for Ebrahim Raisi who is taking office as the new President of Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that the present ceremony which has been held several times in the past decades, as stated in the Iranian constitution and in the same manner which was basically done by the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, indicated the peaceful change of the administrative branch of the country which is quite a significant development.
Earlier during the ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei endorsed the decree of Ebrahim Raisi as the next President of Iran.
Based on article 110 of the Iranian constitution, the endorsement of the presidents’ decrees is among Supreme Leader duties.
The Late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini confirmed three presidents and Ayatollah Khamenei has confirmed four others so far. Raisi is the fourth president-elect, who is being confirmed by the Supreme Leader. The Leader himself was the last president, who was confirmed by late Imam Khomeini as president.
The various confirmations of presidents are proof of the fact that the Islamic Republic is based on Islamic laws and the votes of the people. In all confirmation texts recited by Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei, the expression of “confirming people’s vote” comes before “appointment as President.”
Prior to the endorsement ceremony Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli presented a report of the process of holding the 13th presidential elections.
The upcoming president Raisi is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, August 5, 2021, when he is expected to present his cabinet members.
On Friday, June 18, the 13th presidential election was held nationwide simultaneous with the sixth round of city and village councils elections, the first mid-term for the 11th parliament’s by-election, and the second mid-term for the fifth Assembly of Experts election.
Out of over 59.3 million eligible voters, nearly 29 million took part in the national event of the presidential election. Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential race with 17,926,345 votes out of the total 28,933,004 ballots, which shows 48.8 percent turnout.
Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, seven presidents took power in 12 rounds as heads of state of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA