Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed gratitude to the Iranian nation over their high turnout in June 14 presidential election, saying things proceeded contrary to what enemies had expected.
Addressing a group of Judiciary officials in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said failure of enemies’ plots and schemes, manifestation of public trust in the Islamic establishment and electoral officials, existence of sustainable security as the main infrastructure of progress and development, law-abidance of other presidential candidates, and the power of the Islamic establishment in defending the nation’s interests were major points regarding the recent presidential poll.
“The enemies and opponents of the Islamic Republic attempted to either prevent the election from being held, or make the nation indifferent toward the poll,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that what happened on the voting day was exactly the opposite of what the enemies had planned, adding that Iran’s latest polls indicated that even those who do not support the Islamic establishment trust it.
The Leader mentioned “the public trust and interest in the Islamic Republic, [people’s] trust in the election supervisors and officials, and the nation’s hope in the progressive and forward movement” of Iran as the main reasons behind the massive turnout in presidential election.
Ayatollah Khamenei further emphasized that the recent presidential poll proved that even those who do not support the Islamic establishment, trust the government and the elections that it holds because they know that the Islamic Republic spares no effort in defending the country, its national interests as well as the national dignity of the nation.
In the run-up to the June 14 presidential election, Ayatollah Khamenei had called on those people who were not supportive of the Islamic establishment, to support their country by casting their ballots.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians were eligible to vote in the presidential election. The voter turnout in the election stood at 72.7 percent, according to the Interior Ministry.
Hassan Rouhani emerged victorious in Iran’s 11th presidential election, gaining over 18 million votes, or 50.7 percent of a total of over 36 million ballots counted.